‘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.’
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.