December 12th, 2013 - Glendora, CA
by Jessica Kennedy
Informer Media Group
“Vibrant, brilliant, and delightfully different” were all adjectives flowing freely at the Artistic Lifestyles opening for Mark Lewis. Iconically, Lewis has captured our attention with persons well known to most: John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and John Lennon to name a few. With Lewis’ work however, it isn’t so much about the subject he’s painting as it is the emotive quality his work emits. The process of attaining this quality, this je ne sais quoi in each of his pieces, is lengthy and involved. There are six phases to Lewis’ artwork production and just as a great chef should never divulge the secret to his special sauce, Lewis’ “special sauce” includes the use of projection, airbrush and acrylic.
When asked about how he arrives at his destination of completion in his artwork, Lewis describes it simply “This is precisely how I see this particular piece in my mind’s eye, so when I’ve achieved what I originally saw, I know that particular piece is complete to me.”
Humbly Lewis went on to share a bit of his background. Strong, Midwestern roots can be found in his sense of integrity and honesty. “I had some technical schools at a time when computing was new. I knew that technology was here to stay so we jumped on it when few others were.” After his school venture, Lewis went on to pursue an acting career which includes minor roles in some television programs and feature films alike.
ElvisIn true artistic style, Lewis shifted his focus to painting. Like many artists before him, his first works were landscapes. He painted nothing but landscapes for about two years and was largely ungratified. It was then that he was asked to paint a portrait and that changed everything. There was passion in his work like never before and it resonated onto the canvases readily. A vibrancy that he was able capture and he could command his brush to do the bidding of his mind’s eye. He was arriving at his current destination.
His technique is refined, sophisticated, captivating and his color palette is shocking and wonderful. Among the most particularly captivating is his large Warhol which somewhat emulates a portion of Warhol’s own style as exemplified on some of his lesser-known works which utilize bright outline colors juxtaposing complementary colors in a very appealing but most unusual manner. (The current exhibit at The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, features these lesser-known Warhol pieces in a show entitled “Warhol Out West” showing through January 2, 2014.) As its been said, “A picture is worth 1000 words” so take some time and explore Mark Lewis’ portraiture work for yourself at Artistic Lifestyles.
white hair black gloves - FAVEMother, instructor, entrepreneur, graphic designer, philanthropist and writer; Jessica Kennedy, a Midwestern native, participates with several local philanthropic organizations including the Las Vegas Hospitality Association, the Clark County Artists Guild, College of Southern Nevada Foundation Gala Committee, Metro Arts Council and Blackbird Arts, Inc./Blackbird Studios. She shares her passion for Las Vegas’ ever-evolving and ever-changing art scene from high end to low brow and everything in between. Kennedy strives to educate both locals and tourists alike that Las Vegas is so much more than just a place to gamble. “We really do have a great deal of culture,” she states to the world.