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Sarah Joy Lewis

Sarah Joy Lewis

About Artist

Basic Information

  • Artist Statement

    I create paintings that capture a clearly recognizable likeness of the subject, re-imagined in vivid rich color. Many of my paintings incorporate pattern and/or text, adding visual depth to the piece. The paintings are created using layers of sheer tinted acrylic glazes, carefully built up to create delicate, luminous, and vibrant color. It’s important to me that a color is just as lush whether you stand two inches or 20 feet from a canvas.

    My primary subject matter is portraiture. Portraits are more than a mere physical representation of the person. A portrait reflects the subject’s personality as the artist sees him or her, and may be influenced by how the sitter wants to be perceived. It is imbued with a sense of who the artist wants that person to be, in the context of the specific painting. In addition, consciously or subconsciously, the artist projects a sense of him- or herself into the painting. The portrait becomes a dialogue of sorts between the artist and the subject. Once the portrait is complete, that specific moment in the subject’s life is once again interpreted by viewers, and becomes a universal experience.
  • Resume

    April 6 - June 3, 2017
    Critical MASS 5
    Artspace; Shreveport, LA

    April 1, 2017
    Local Savages: April Fools Edition
    Noble Savage; Shreveport, LA

    March 18-24, 2017
    Relax And Unwind Miniature Challenge
    Agora Borealis; Shreveport, LA

    Oct 4 - November 30, 2016
    Stripped Away: Exploring the Human Form
    Bossier Arts Council; Bossier City, LA

    June 18 – 25, 2016
    Iris 16×20 Individual Interpretation
    Agora Borealis; Shreveport, LA

    June 8 – July 28, 2016
    New Art / Arte Nuevo 2016
    University of Texas at San Antonio

    March 29 - May 15, 2016
    R.W. Norton Art Gallery; Shreveport, LA

    Feb 26 - March 26th, 2016
    Critical Mass 4
    Artspace; Shreveport, LA

    Oct 1 – Nov 30, 2015
    Sarah Joy Lewis: Artists and Airmen
    East Bank Gallery; Bossier City, LA

    February 5 - April 9, 2015
    Critical Mass 3
    Artspace Shreveport, Shreveport, LA

    May 12-23, 2014
    Pop UP: Downtown Shreveport Project
    Red River District, Shreveport, LA

    December 1, 2013
    Highland Open Studio Tour Sunday
    Journell Studio; Shreveport, LA

    November 5, 2013
    Texas Avenue Maker’s Fair
    Shreveport, LA

    April 27, 2013
    Texas Avenue Maker’s Fair
    Shreveport, LA

    May 2010
    Sarah Joy Lewis: New Paintings
    Columbus Country Club; Columbus, MS

    February 20 – March 19, 2009
    Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition
    Lewis Art Gallery; Millsaps College; Jackson, MS

    February 10 – 26, 2009
    Juried MUW Annual Student Exhibition
    MUW Art Gallery; Mississippi University for Women; Columbus, MS

    March 15, 2008
    Women’s Art, Women’s Vision: National Women’s History Month Brunch
    Columbus Club; Columbus Air Force Base; Columbus, MS

    April 4 – 24, 2007
    Juried MSU Student Art Exhibition
    Hartnett Hall Gallery; Minot State University; Minot, ND

    February 25 – April 7, 2007
    Black and White Show
    62 Doors Gallery and Studios; Minot, ND

    October 28, 2006
    North Dakota Arts and Humanities Summit Student Exhibition
    North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND

    April 4 – 24, 2006
    Juried Student Art Exhibition
    Hartnett Hall Gallery, Minot State University, Minot, ND

    Architecture Show
    62 Doors Gallery and Studios; Minot, ND

    · Visual Artist Studios @artspace; Artspace; Shreveport, LA; 2017
    · Pop UP: Downtown Shreveport Project; Shreveport, LA; 2014.
    · Merit Award. Juried MSU Student Art Exhibition; Minot State University; Minot, ND; 2007.
    · Twyman/Art Scholarship. Minot State University; Minot, ND; 2006-7.

    Arts Administration; Minot State University; Minot, North Dakota.

    Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi.

    Community College of Denver; Denver, Colorado.

    University of Houston; Houston, Texas.

    University of Texas at San Antonio; San Antonio, Texas.

Contact Information

Member since
Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00
Last online
1 year ago