Sunday, October 30, 2011

Art in Embassies - Nigeria

I sent 3 paintings off a while ago to be displayed at the US Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. Apparently the ambassador is from Oregon and they to display some Oregon Art. I just found that the work is now up on this website, which is cool. But the funny part is I have absolutely no idea who the guy in the headshot is. The ambassodor? One of the other artists? Or did some body photoshop my beard off and add a dash of wholesome and a dollop more nerdiness?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A residency this winter!

I've been accepted to a residency program at Playa ( in southern Oregon.
Four weeks from mid February to Early March. My own living space. My own studio. Free meals, lots of snow and stars and most important of all...time. I would never have even considered applying if KJ hadn't encouraged me to do so. Now I've got to start thinking about what I want to get done.

Check out pictures of the cabins and studios here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Last of the new work

Here's the last piece called "If a Tree Falls".
It is based loosely on a promotional still for the documentary film of the same name (see below - frankly I think the original photo is way cooler, but whatever)
48" x 36"  oil on canvas  2011

from the documentary film "If a Tree Falls"

2 of the new pieces

Here are 2 of the new paintings that will be in the aforementioned Seattle Show.
"Coda"  40" x 50"  oil on canvas  2011

"Into the woods"  36" x 48"  oil on canvas  2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Edge of Night

That's the title of a show at ArtsWest in Seattle that opens next Tuesday, October 11.
I'll have 7 pieces hanging along with three other artists
The opening reception will be on Thursday, October 13 from 6 to 7:30pm
(although I don't know at this point if I'll be able to make it).

Here's what the kind Gallery Director (Mark Daughhetee) wrote in the press release:
"Portland artist DAVID CARMACK LEWIS’s oil paintings on canvas interpret the limited spectrums of nighttime light sources, both natural and manmade, and are often populated by what is not there: an empty chair near a small fire, an elegantly lit theatre without an audience. His theatre paintings suggest the striking black and white photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto of empty movie theaters, but with the subtle hues of night. Lewis has participated in juried shows throughout the region, as well as in New Mexico, Arizona and South Africa."
(I'd not heard of Hiroshi Sugimoto before - here's a sample - very cool)