Monk Time #6 Photo Credit: Peter Wayne Lewis Fine Art ©

Monk Time #6
Photo Credit: Peter Wayne Lewis Fine Art ©

Buddha Plays Monk #3 Photo Credit: Peter Wayne Lewis Fine Art ©

Buddha Plays Monk #3
Photo Credit: Peter Wayne Lewis Fine Art ©

BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS
Peter Wayne Lewis

October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020

VIP Preview Reception: 
October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM
Artist Talk | 6 PM
Light refreshments and cash bar

Public Reception: 
October 4, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop

Beijing Booster Paintings is an ambitious exhibition by internationally collected and celebrated artist, Peter Wayne Lewis. For over a decade, Jamaica-born Lewis has maintained and operated out of a studio in Beijing, China's sprawling capital city with renowned 798 arts district. His large-scale abstractions are informed by antecedents of American Abstract Expressionist painters such as Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler, as well as Japanese sumi ink paintings and Chinese calligraphy by master painters like Ba Da Shan Ren. Tapping into both American and Asian traditions of painting, Lewis' work provides a compelling case for cross-cultural aesthetics in an increasingly globalizing age.  

The overall valance of harmony laid bare on Lewis' canvases are often punctuated by interruptions of dissonance that take versatile forms. But make no mistake - Lewis' works are intended to be as non-representational as they are expressions of his desire to manifest the omnipresent energies that dictate String Theory. For Lewis, paint is the vehicle with which to crystalize his considerations of physics, music particularly jazz, and the spiritual. Within the restrictions of his canvas, Lewis creates a space where harmonious arrangements are forced to coexist with chaos. The comforts of pattern and balance are constantly put in peril on a visual plane where entropy reigns supreme. Which force of nature wins out in the end may only be determined by the viewer.

Inspired by the world of jazz and musical greats such as Thelonious Monk, Lewis' painterly creations speak to the improvisational nature of jazz music. There exists an axiomatic tension that underscores Lewis' work, one that is also inherent in the production and experience of jazz. In Lewis' Buddha Plays Monk Suite, the tension between harmony and dissonance, a singular self-contained moment of expression, and an infinity of new experiences, dynamism, and passivity, all teeter an ever-narrowing line that begets novel planes of awareness and understanding. The convolutional layers of paint beckon for viewers to discover and reawaken internal rhythms within, while navigating its capricious twists and turns, flowing cascades and sudden endings.

Lewis' body of work has been uniquely crafted due in large part to his oscillation and absorption of values and aesthetics between the East and the West. An artist with Jamaican roots, Lewis studied painting in the United States before taking on Eastern artistic interests in China. Lewis aims to collapse not only the modulations of time between the past and present traditions in his art, but also the varied artistic and intellectual histories that resonate with his identity as a Black American working to synthesize with the East.

Peter Wayne Lewis was born in Kingston, Jamaica West Indies and immigrated to the United States in 1962 where his parents made their home in Sacramento, California. He received his Master of Arts in painting in 1979 from San Jose State University in California and became an American citizen in 1983. He is a Tenured Professor of Painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts and the former Chairman of Fine Art 2D Department. He has exhibited extensively in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, USA, Asia. His recent exhibitions include a survey of paintings produced in his studio in Beijing, China at MOCA-Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami curated by Babacar MBow, UCCA-Ullens Center of Contemporary Art Beijing, China 798 Art District Curated by Philip Tinari. China Art Museum Shanghai, China. He is in numerous public and private collections at home and abroad. He currently resides in South Orange, New Jersey, Boston, Massachusetts and Beijing, China.

Gallery Affiliations: JAYJAY-Contemporary Fine Art Sacramento, California; WMING ART New York-Beijing-Shanghai, SKOTO GALLERY NEW YORK, LOOC ART. Lewiscurrently serves on the board at White Box Gallery, New York.

-Michelle Dao, Curatorial Assistant 

Carole Bieber & Marc Ham Gallery


彼得·韦恩·刘易斯:北京助推器 绘画展

展期:2019年10月4日 -  2020年2月26日

VIP 迎宾活动:2019年10月3日,晚 5 - 7点

开幕酒会:2019年10月4日,晚 5 - 9 点

美国特拉华当代艺术馆(The Delaware Contemporary)荣幸地宣布即将带来国际知名艺术家的大展——彼得·韦恩·刘易斯:助推器北京系列Peter Wayne Lewis: Beijing Booster Paintings)。在过去的十多年里,刘易斯在中国的首都,北京,建立了自己的工作室并在那从事艺术创作。他的大型抽象作品受到了许多不同流派大师的影响,诸如美国抽象表现派画家马克·罗斯科(Mark Rothko)和海伦·弗兰肯塔勒(Helen Frankenthaler)、日本青墨画,以及中国书法和国画大家如八大山人。涉猎美洲和亚洲传统绘画,刘易斯的作品在这个日益全球化的年代里,是跨文化美学的一个重要范本。

刘易斯的画布上展现的和谐经常会被变化万千的元素打破。但不要误会了——刘易斯的作品意在以抽象形式表现弦理论无所不在的能量。对刘易斯来说,绘画是他呈现对物质、音乐(尤其是爵士乐)和精神层面思考的一种载体。在有限的画布上,刘易斯创造了一个空间,使得和谐有序与混乱得以共存。图案和平衡带来的视觉愉悦感在画面上呈现出很强的张力,其间穿梭着许多不确定性,最终是哪股力量的胜利,只能由观看者自己来决定。

受到爵士乐大师塞隆尼斯·蒙克(Thelonious Monk)的影响,刘易斯绘画形式创作中的普世无常对应了爵士乐的即兴属性。其作品中存在着不言自明的紧张感,仿佛是在创作和体验爵士乐时的固有感受。在他的《佛祖演奏蒙克(Buddha Plays Monk Suite)》系列中,有序和无序之间的博弈,无穷的新体验,主动性与被动性,都徘徊在逐渐模糊的界限上,从而产生了意识层面新的理解。绘画中的层次似乎在引导观众探索并唤醒自身的韵律感:在反复无常的曲折中,也在戛然而止的流动性里。

刘易斯作品中展现的独特创作方式,在很大程度上归功于他对东西方价值观和美学的共鸣与吸收。作为一个根植于牙买加的艺术家,刘易斯在美国学习了绘画,而后在中国受东方美学理念的感召。在他的艺术中,目的不仅是打破过去与现在的传统,还致力于表现丰富的艺术和思想进程,这些都与他作为一个善于融汇东方文化美国黑人身份产生了美妙的协奏。

彼得·韦恩·刘易斯出生于牙买加,1962年与父母于移居美国加州的萨克拉门托。1979年硕士毕业于加州圣何塞州立大学(San Jose State University in California),1983年成为美国公民。现任波士顿麻省艺术设计学院(Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston)的绘画系教授(Tenured Professor of Painting),曾经为美术平面部门(Fine Art 2D Department)前主席。他在非洲、加勒比地区、欧洲、美国、亚洲等地举行过展览。他在北京创作的系列作品,近期展览在北迈阿密当代艺术馆(MOCA-Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami)、北京尤伦斯当代艺术中心、上海中华艺术宫等机构举办。他的作品在美国境内外被许多藏家收藏。

现在工作、生活于北京、波士顿与新泽西的南桔县。

相关画廊有JAYJAY-Contemporary Fine Art Sacramento, California; WMING ART New York-Beijing-Shanghai;SKOTO GALLERY NEW YORK, LOOC ART。刘易斯目前在纽约白盒子画廊(White Box Gallery, New York)担任董事会成员。

- 米歇尔·道(Michelle Dao,策展助理)英文撰文
- 包雯璐(Wenlu Bao,策展助理)中文翻译

卡罗尔·比伯和马克·汉姆 展厅( Carole Bieber & Marc Ham Gallery)