This week Two Coats of Paint asked figurative painter Nathan Lewis five questions via email. Lewis's show, "Reading the Ruins," is on view at A-Space near New Haven, Connecticut, through this Saturday. Here is our exchange.
1. There's quote that I truly love and your work reminds me of it:
"...to make a palace an object of interest one must destroy it..." —an edict from Denis Diderot's famous ruin discourse in the Salon of 1767How would relate your work to that quote? Is it fitting?
Nathan Lewis, I Burn Today, 2011, oil on canvas, 39 x 29 inches.
Nathan Lewis, Orpheus, 2011, oil on canvas, 62 x 32inches.
Nathan Lewis, Light is the Lion That Comes Down to Drink, 2012, oil on canvas, 48 x 67 inches.