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Edward Lewis (1936-2018) - 20th Century Oil, Sleeping Nude



Painted in rugged, stiff brush strokes this portrait of a sleeping nude is set in a bedroom of neutral colours and thick textures. In the background the model's reflection can be seen in the mirror. This wonderfully expressive piece is a great example if Lewis's ability to capture depth and emotion in his work. Unsigned. On board .


In fine condition. Some slight scuffing to edges of the board.


50.5 x 81.5cm (19.9" x 32.1")

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This colourful collection of works in oil by the Bath-based artist Edward Lewis (1926-2018) includes figurative studies, still life, and abstract works, in his typically expressive and vibrant style.

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Artist Biography

Edward Lewis (1936-2018) was born in Wales and, after completing a period of National Service, studied at Cambridge in the 1950’s. He was encouraged to pursue his passion for art by a maternal relative Myfanwy Evans (1911-1997), art critic and opera librettist. Myfanwy married John Piper (1903-1992), and it was John who would show Lewis' work to William Coldstream, the principal of the Slade School of Art, where he then studied in 1960.

Lewis took a teacher training job in the Rhondda, Wales, in the late 1960’s, where a rustic sense of naturalism began to enter his work, inspired by the change in his surroundings. He retired to Bath in the 1990’s, where he continued to work and exhibit. He was often inspired by his daily activities, and believed abstraction to be 'about process rather than design'. A retrospective exhibition was held at the Bath Artists’ Studios in August 2018.

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Code qz127
Artist Edward Lewis (1936-2018)
Date 20th Century
Dimensions 50.5 x 81.5cm
Medium Oil
Style Expressionism
Subject Nudes
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