A sculpted indigenous garden featuring more than 60 works by Dylan Lewis.

‘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



Christie’s, South Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Following on from Shapeshifting: From Animal to Human at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch, in the summer of 2009 Lewis held a solo exhibition at Christie’s South Kensington, where a continuance of Shapeshifting: From Animal to Human introduced his new exploration of the male figure. In addition to this exhibition, Lewis had great success with a solo auction titled Predators and Prey at Christie’s London in 2007, in which a selection of the last editions of his animal bronzes went under the hammer.

Through this exhibition’s carefully selected series of non-chronological works and installations, it became possible to trace the threads underlying Lewis’s progression from wilderness, to animal, to fragmented animal forms, to the human/animal interface embodied in his latest figure work.

Lewis’s new male figures were first shown on an international platform at Christie’s South Kensington with this exhibition.