‘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.’
Emotions originally projected onto landscape and animal forms have become increasingly integrated into the artist’s psyche. Masks, wings, claws and horns are gone, and his isolated shamanic figures have transitioned into figure groupings, both masculine and feminine. In some there is an intimate stillness, in others a wild eroticism, and others depict grief and power struggles. Their nakedness expresses raw, unrestrained emotion.
These works are due to be launched in 2020, but a selection of sketches and exploratory sculptures can currently be seen at the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden.