Mitchell Lewis, b. 1947, studied painting at Hunter College in New York City, earning a BA and MA under the tutelage of Ralph Humphrey and Robert Huot. Originally trained in the minimalist school of painting in the 1970s, he was influenced by artist lecturers at Hunter, including Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, and Tony Smith. After starting out as a hard-edge geometric painter, Lewis spent the last 40 years freeing himself from those constraints and exploring his intuitive nature.
Mitchell Lewis focuses on motifs and shapes that have played a part in his personal and artistic history, exploring human sensuality and the relationship between men, women and the environment. Using vivid color that accentuates his pieces, the work exhibits an almost hieroglyphic quality, at once inviting and frustrating the viewer to try and decipher its personal message. Lewis’ enjoyment of art and its making is evident in the self described “fun” quality of his paintings.
He has exhibited in New York, including in shows juried by curators from the Whitney.