A sculpted indigenous garden featuring more than 60 works by Dylan Lewis. GARDEN WEEK: 1-8 Oct 2021

‘Shapeshifting’, an essay by Laura Twiggs

‘Where does animalkind end and humankind begin? What of the wild and the primitive within? In exploring these tantalising enigmas, Lewis searches wilderness, myth and ancient belief systems for inspiration, meaning and answers.’

'The Rising': Ian McCallum

One day your soul will call to you with a holy rage.
‘Rise up!’ it will say…

Stand up inside your own skin.
Unmask your unlived life…
feast on your animal heart.
Unfasten your fist…
let loose the medicine in your own hand.
Show me the lines…
I will show you the spoor of the ancestors.
Show me the creases…
I will show you the way to water.
Show me the folds…
I will show you the furrows for your healing.
‘Look!’ it will say…
the line of life has four paths –
one with a mirror, one with a mask,
one with a fist, one with a heart.

One day, your soul will call to you with a holy rage.

About the artist


Apex 2021

Online in 360-degree; with selected works available for viewing at Everard Read Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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Everard Read takes pleasure in presenting this exhibition of new Cat sculptures by Dylan Lewis.

After a period focusing his attention on the human condition Lewis has with this collection circled back to the subject that has long entranced collectors of figurative bronzes. Lewis’s felids, from the first bronzes in the early 1990s, have interrogated the essence of perhaps the most beautiful and graceful of all terrestrial creatures. His sculptures of leopards, tigers, cheetahs, lions and domestic cats are informed by an ancient lineage honed through millions of years of inexorable environmental change. Structure and an economy of lithe movement camouflage an ability to focus awesome explosive energy. Such is the nature of the animal that has obsessed this very rare sculptor from his formative years.

This exhibition of bronzes from miniatures to monumental, will remind collectors internationally that Dylan Lewis is the most profound animalier of his time.

– Mark Read

Selected works are available for viewing at Everard Read Johannesburg and Cape Town.