|Jeffrey Lewis, Towards Ontario/mirus caelum I, |
encaustic on linen, 1998
encaustic, 6th century. Sinai
|Mummy portrait of a young woman, |
encaustic, 3rd century, Louvre
The works that Lewis made in our studio are not portraits, however, but skyscapes. An earlier piece, titled Towards Ontario/mirus caelum I, hangs just outside my office, where I see it every time I come in or go out.
|Jeffrey Lewis, Towards Ontario/Matins, encaustic, 1998|
Although Lewis used photographs as reference materials, these paintings are not copies of any particular photograph, nor records of any particular moment in time. Rather, they are built up from memory and imagination. These delicate evocations of sky and land glow with an inner light. Their deeply textured surfaces reveal meticulous observation coupled with a keen sense of abstract relationships, creating a sense of mystery and of deep familiarity. In looking northwards, towards Ontario, Lewis invites us into a meditation on color and form, and to join him in wonder as he contemplates the vastness of God’s creation.