E.B. Lewis is one of the great contemporary American watercolorists. Known for his landscapes and illustrations of 65+ children’s books, Lewis’ work also recounts events, scenes or stories from Black American History on which he sheds a proud and constructive look.
Recently, Lewis’ work has morphed from a realistic / naturalistic transcription of the world (landscapes, reminiscences from various trips, …) to one that also includes a symbolic component. His icons, are a series of small watercolors symbolically painted on lottery tickets in which round-eyed children are partially covered with scrapped gold leave. Just as the dis-advantaged from across the globe would spend their meager earnings on and frantically scratch the lottery tickets hoping for the best, these forgotten kids will never own the gold leaf they pierce through and are unlikely to attain a better life.
As the rich kid looks through an iron gate at his poorer contemporary in C. Baudelaire’s “Le Joujou du Pauvre”, the onlooker pierces through large deep frames onto Lewis’ lottery tickets as if to emphasize the distance that separates both worlds and make us question our responsibilities.
The Gallery is proud to host Lewis’ first European solo including, icons, scenes and recent illustrations from: All Different Now by Angela Johnson, The Everlasting Embrace by Langston Hughes, Seeds of Freedom by Hester Bass.