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Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
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Nathan Lewis: Mythologies, Fragments, Fiction

Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
3/4/17 - 4/4/17


STAMFORD, CT -- The Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery is proud to announce Nathan Lewis’s upcoming solo exhibition Mythologies, Fragments, Fiction opening Saturday, March 4th.

In a world that seems like it is living out a Greek tragedy, Lewis’s work brings to light the common mythologies that replicate in reality. Known for its allegorical references, his work takes on complex literary narratives and historical influence in both form and subject. Whereas Lewis’s previous exhibition at the gallery served as a survey of his work within the last decade, this latest exhibition is dominated by work created in the last few years, and not yet exhibited. For the body of work featured in Mythologies, Fragments, Fiction, a large selection of the pieces have ties to Greek and Roman mythology. It is this root that largely informs works like Orpheus Mirrored, The Trees Become Her, Pantheon, Facing Phoebus, and Kouros drawing upon historical, cultural and mythological reference. There are also layered within the works connections to Shakespeare, religious texts, and post-apocalyptic literature as somewhat secondary narratives. Once such piece, Ideas Dressed In Light, was influenced by the Mary Magdalene figure in the Isenheim Altarpiece by Grünewald, which the artist received a research grant to travel to Colmar, France to study the piece in its totality.

A second vein running through the collection presented in Mythologies, Fragments, Fiction is Lewis’s factory paintings, which has taken the last five years to fully execute. Here, Lewis explores drawing and printmaking, providing a new foundation for the series. He also elected to include his latest series of works: a collection that uses drones as a common motif.

It has been nearly 2 years since Lewis last had a solo exhibition at the gallery. His works have been on loan to museums and colleges around the country for exhibition, such as his recent one-man show at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. Lewis recently completed a 40-foot mural for Sacred Heart University, which is featured in their newest dorm. Upcoming for Lewis are two successive engagements as a visiting artist and speaker, first at the Sacramento City College and then at the University of Hartford. Mythologies, Fragments, Fiction will be on view through April 4th. For more information, please contact Rebecca Hansen at rhansen@flalvarezgallery.com or at 888-861-6791.

About the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery

The Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery opened in December 2009 in Stamford with the mission to build artists’ careers from the doors in and community from the doors out. Its influence extends internationally, having recently become the official sponsor of Joseph Kosuth’s exhibition at the Louvre in Paris. It also worked with the Tate Museum and Frieze Art Fair on their prestigious acquisition fund, the Frieze Tate Fund, as it was transitioned from Outset International to Frieze’s newest investor, Ari Emanuel of William Morris Endeavor.

Recently, the Gallery launched a new non-profit, Clementina Arts Foundation, to build on its community mission. The Gallery also acquires and represents prominent estate collections including most recently acquiring the estate of Valerie Furth, Holocaust survivor turned important collector, painter and author. The collection includes Valerie's work, her book depicting her experience in the Holocaust and her important collection including artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Sean Scully, Robert Longo, Frank Stella, Louise Fishman, James Rosenquist, Helen Frankenthaler and many other important artists. Other artists in the gallery’s stable include James Gortner, Jena Thomas, John J. Bedoya, Nathan Lewis, Rex Prescott Walden, Shelby Head, Joe Boginski, and the late Damla T. Faro.

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