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 John Chapman Lewis  (1920 - 1995)

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Lived/Active: District Of Columbia      Known for: abstract composition, cityscape

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Biography from Marin-Price Galleries:
John Chapman Lewis

John Lewis was a prominent member of the "The Washington School" (early 60's, also known as The Washington School of Color), dealt with the importance and the identifiable nature of color.

Lewis is a former teacher at The Corcoran School of Art, and professor and Resident Artist at Marymount University.  Lewis resides in West Virginia.

His work has been included in six of the Corcoran's Biennials.  His last major showing of work was at The Phillips Collection in 1973, and at The White House in an exhibition, "American Paintings from The Phillips Collection.

Lewis's paintings are lyrical abstractions, not depicting nature but evoking the quiet, pleasant, almost mystical emotional qualities attributed to nature.  The paintings are not monochromatic but generally are dominated by a single color tone.

Lewis painted with traditional oil paint thinned with turpentine on linen canvas which he primed himself.  Washes of color are laid one over another to a greater or lesser degree of body. At times the washes are very thin or the canvas is left bare. The surfaces are rich and varied and beautifully controlled. The white gesso ground is the source of the luminosity which fills the canvas.

SELECTED EXHIBITS AND COLLECTIONS:

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART

CORCORAN SCHOOL OF ART, WASHINGTON, D.C.

DELGADO MUSEUM, NEW ORLEANS, LA

HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, ATLANTA

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART (AMERICAN PAINTINGS 1950)

MUSEO ARTE CONTEMPORANEA, NAPOLI, ITALY

NATIONAL ART ACADEMY, WASHINGTON

PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

STATE ART GALLERY, RALEIGH, N.C.

THE ART ASSOCIATION OF NEW ORLEANS

THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION

WILLMINGTON MUSEUM OF ART, DE


SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTIONS:
FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORP.

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

HOWARD UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON, D.C.

MARET SCHOOL, WASHINGTON, D.C.

U.S. GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE


SELECTED HONORS:
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

PEPSI COLA AWARD

WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA

LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY FOUNDATION FELLOW


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