|Biography from Long Gallery:|
|In an artist's statement, Lew Lehrman wrote:|
My approach to art is based upon my belief that it is a celebration of these three: light, color and emotion. Although my work may sometimes follow divergent pathways, it is always centered around a reverence for these universal basics. With these constants firmly in mind, I carry forward a continual quest for new ways to express my feelings about them and their relevance in my world.
In 1955 I embarked upon a visual exploration that lifts my art off the two-dimensional wall. Best described as "miniature screens," these constructions thrust images into the third dimension, enabling the viewer to both manipulate and experience them in many ways and from infinitely differing viewpoints. Mounted on substrates constructed of fine cabinet-finished hardwoods, these works evoke their own tactile appeal through careful attention to craftsmanship and materials. Through this series, which is on-going, I plan to fully explore and develop the medium's expressive potentials.
In addition to my commitment to art, and to watercolor in particular, I also find expression through the medium of words. My first effort, titled "Being and Artist", was published in June of 1992. My second, a how-to book titled "Energize Your Paintings With Color", was published in September, 1993. My third book, titled, "Freshen Your Paintings With New Ideas", was published in the fall of 1994. My fourth book, "Oil Painting: The Workshop Experience", with Ted Goerschner, was published in December of 1995. My latest book, "Capturing Light in Watercolor", with watercolorist Marilyn Simandle, has just been released. All are published by North Light Books of Cincinnati, OH, leading publisher of books for artists.
I also produce and moderate an ongoing series of panel discussions titled, "Insight: Art," which, in April of 1997, concluded its fourth annual series. This popular series has brought together artists, art-educators, critics, gallery and museum professionals, art lovers and others, to discuss art-related matters both intriguing and controversial.
In addition to these activities, I also conduct watercolor classes and workshops, participate in shows and exhibitions, and, whenever possible, take part in workshops with other noted watercolorists.
My lifelong fascination with, and involvement in art is a continuation of a love affair that began at a very early age. Following graduation from the Graphic Arts program at Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1954, a stint in the military, and four subsequent years of art studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, I embarked on a career in commercial art and illustration, opening a one-man design studio in suburban New York in 1958.
Eventually, in partnership with my wife, Lola, we built the firm, Design Unlimited/Culinary Concepts, into one of the country's leading design and consulting firms specializing in graphics for the hospitality industry. My design work, and that of our firm, was prominently featured in the 1984 book, "Menus," published in Switzerland, and was extensively profiled in the 1985 book, "Menu Design," by Judy Radici (PBC International, NYC).
In 1984, determined to chart a new direction for our lives, we terminated our business, moved to the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, and opened a seasonal art gallery featuring my work, as well as that of other area artists. With that move, I was able to devote full time to developing my proficiency with watercolor.
In the winter of 1986, we ventured to, and fell in love with, the Southwest, returning for longer periods each year, and deciding finally to make Scottsdale, Arizona our permanent home. That goal was reached in January of 1993, with the sale of our Massachusetts home and gallery.
Awards and Exhibitions
FIRST PRIZE, MIXED MEDIAFreeport Arts Council Juried Show, 1982
FIRST PRIZE, MIXED MEDIARockville Centre League for the Arts, Juried Show, 1982
ARTIST IN RESIDENCEThe Shoreham Inn, Shoreham, VT, 1982
ONE MAN SHOWPublic Library, Oceanside, NY, 1983
ONE MAN SHOWDrydock Savings Bank, Rockville Centre, NY, 1983
ONE MAN SHOWHofstra University, Hempstead, NY, 1983
EXHIBITEDNassau County Museum of Fine Arts, Juried Show, 1983
FIRST PRIZE, MIXED MEDIARockville Centre League for the Arts, Juried Show, 1984
ONE MAN SHOWGreat Barrington Savings Bank, Sheffield, MA, 1986
ONE MAN SHOWGreat BarringtonSavings Bank, Gt. Barrington, MA, 1986
ONE MAN SHOWSimons Rock of Bard College, Gt. Barrington, MA, 1986
ONE MAN SHOW"Israel Through My Eyes"
Gallery Judaica, E. Setauket, NY, 1986
AWARD OF EXCELLENCESheffield (MA) Art League Juried Show, 1987
ONE MAN SHOWOffices at One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA, 1988-89
FIRST PRIZE, WATERCOLOR"The Best and the Brightest" Show
Scottsdale Artists' School, Scottsdale, AZ 1989
INVITATIONAL GROUP EXHIBIT"The Best of the Best"
Security Pacific Bank Galleria, Phoenix, AZ, 1989
SECOND PRIZE, WATERCOLOR"The Best and the Brightest" Show
WINSOR & NEWTON AWARD OFScottsdale Artists' School, Scottsdale, AZ, 1990
SPECIAL AWARD OF MERIT"The Best and the Brightest" Show
Scottsdale Artists' School, Scottsdale, AZ, 1991
EXHIBITED"Strokes of Genius" Show
Scottsdale Artists' School, Scottsdale, AZ, 1992
EXHIBITEDSociety of Watercolor Artists Show, Ft. Worth, TX, 1992
EXHIBITEDClassic-American Western Art Show & Sales, Beverly Hills, CA, 1991, 1992, 1993
EXHIBITEDScottsdale Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ, 1993
FINALISTThe Artist's Magazine "Dream Studio Competition," 1996
Instructor in Watercolor at The Gallery at Mill River, 1987 through 1992
Private watercolor classes, 1991 to present
Watercolor workshop, Massachusetts, 1993
Instructor in Watercolor, The Scottsdale Artists' School, 1992 to present; Sun Lakes, AZ, 1995 to present
Workshops for Arizona Art Guild, 1994, 1995, 1996; Desert Artists of Yuma (AZ) 1995, and others
The Artists' Magazine, June 1994Cover painting, and article, "Ten Ways to Recharge Your Creative Energies"
Being an ArtistNorth Light Books, 1992
Energize Your Paintings With ColorNorth Light Books, 1993
Freshen Your Paintings With New Ideas
North Light Books, 1994
Oil Painting: The Workshop Experience, With Ted Goerschner
North Light Books, 1995
Capturing Light in Watercolor, With Marilyn Simandle
North Light Books, 1996
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