The Return

1984

Lewty, Simon
Simon Lewty was born in Sutton Coldfield in 1941 and studied art at Hornsey College of Art, London. The imagery that features in Lewty's works is taken from his personal experiences. Before going to sleep and upon waking up, Lewty records images from his dreams along with snatches of written notes, maps and diagrams. Lewty takes these haphazard beginnings and then carefully assembles them into the finished artwork. He works on tissue paper and transfers the images and texts taken from his dream material onto the artwork with ink, crayon and paint. This results in thick layers which he then coats with varnish, giving his works an aged and cracked appearance. Lewty's more recent works are composed solely of hundreds lines of text, made up of material taken from his dreams and fragments of overheard conservations. Lewty lives and works in Leamington Spa. Charlotte Booth
  • Artwork Details: 196 x 206cm
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  • Material description: ink, crayon and acrylic on paper
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Figurative
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: ACC6/1984

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