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My photographic art is linked to my interest and exploration of all things mechanical, how innovation progresses and the application of science.

Bio

Howard Lewis began photographing when he was a teenager and continued through film school; he went on to work as an advertising and editorial photographer in the 1980’s. He always photographed for himself while he did commercial assignments, mostly in black and white, and took classes with O. Winston Link, Joyce Tenneson and many others. Early on Lewis met and had opportunity to converse with prolific inventor and scientist Dr. Edwin Land at the now famous massive Polavision introduction event. Since then, Polaroid materials became an important component of his photographic process and inspiration.  He attributes, at least in part, his meeting Dr. Land to his interest in creating images that are related to science and innovation.

Eventually, Lewis transitioned away from professional photography to use his cameras for self-expression. With an appetite for gathering information around science and engineering subjects, he ventured into parallel initiatives such as inventing (he holds three patents) and creating welded metal sculpture. These activities influenced his engagement with photographic image making and working dimensionally with sculptural elements became immensely important to his growth in the still life arena.

Lewis’ photographs have been exhibited in galleries and cultural centers internationally, and are in major corporate collections. These include the Gladstone Regional Museum and Gallery in Queensland, Australia, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa; the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania; the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science in Midland, Michigan; the New York Center for Photographic Arts; the Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon; the Courtyard Gallery in Connecticut; and the Grey & Gove Gallery in New York City.

Artist Statement

A photographic artist whose practice explores science, engineering, technology and innovation. My intention is to create work that communicates the importance of the search for truth based on science and how the physical world looks and works.  My images engage physics, mechanics and creative thinking that often evokes an innovation process such as in Origami Folds. Origami, the ancient art of Japanese paper folding, has a modern history of being used as a creative tool for engineering feats from rapidly unfolding automobile airbags to heart stents. The series is the foundation for exploration of the simplicity of paper folding to deep technology and mathematics.

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SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS

2021

Art + Science 2, juried by Linda Alterwitz, A Smith Gallery, Johnson, Texas

Abstract, juried by Debra Klomp Ching, New York Center for Photographic Arts, New York, New York

2020

Art + Science: Nature and Nurture, Lenscratch Fine Art Daily, Featured Photographer

Nature of Particles, OD Review, reviewed by Collier Brown

The Still Life, juried by Ann Jastrab, Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2019

The Journey, juried by Susan Spiritus, NY Photo Curator, Honorable Mention

Art + Science, juried by Linda Alterwitz, A Smith Gallery, Johnson, Texas

Portals, juried by Ann Jastrab, A Smith Gallery, Johnson, Texas

Intentional Spaces, juried by Laura Moya, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont

2018

Origami, The Traditional Art curated by Joanne Duke, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, Queensland, Australia

2017

Water Rain and Fog, curated by B.B. Winslow, Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, Michigan

Light and Matter, curated by Kelsey Halliday Johnson, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

2014 – 2017

Recent Works by Gallery Artists (a selection of Lewis metal sculptures), Courtyard Gallery, Mystic, Connecticut