Sunday, August 7, 2016

Mural Complete

All that's left now is the anti-graffiti coating, then send out those thank you gifts to all of you super generous donors out there and this whole project officially becomes the past. It was a lot of fun.

On N. Mississippi Ave. between Fremont and Cook at Ecliptic Brewing.

Friday, July 15, 2016

North Portland Mural in progress

...and progress is going much faster than I could have possibly imagined. Still a lot to do but thought I'd share a collection of photos of how far I've gotten so far.

June 19
June 24

June 26

June 30

July 10

July 15

July 15

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Raffle at Ecliptic

Ecliptic Brewing is doing a Mississippi Ave gift basket raffle to raise money for the mural project.
I'm including one of 60 limited edition prints of the original mural design in the basket. If you go down to Ecliptic in person you might be able to get it for $1, plus a whole bunch of other great stuff. Like a $100 gift certificate at the popular restaurant Por qué No!

The drawing will be held June 8.

If you'd like to contribute to the mural directly you can do so at:

1/60 8" x 20" signed print on archival rag paper

Also Included in basket:

$100 Por Que No Gift Card
$50 Paxton Gate Gift Card
$50 Ecliptic Brewing Gift Card
$25 Rebuilding Center Gift Card
$25 Stormbreaker Gift Card
$25 HalfPint Gift Card
$20 The Herbe Shoppe Gift Card
$20 Oregon Deli Co Gift Card
$10 Black Wagon Gift Card
1 Guitar or Ukulele Lesson @Anthemtown
Sun Lan Gift Bag with Bulbs
Love Oregon Growler
8X20 Print from David
Ecliptic Brewing T-Shirt
Ecliptic Brewing Hat
Ecliptic Brewing Keychain

Monday, April 25, 2016

Bumper Sticker design

text: Portland OR
2016 mural design for North Mississippi Avenue by David Carmack Lewis

3.5" x 10" Bumper Sticker for donations of $40 or more

Mural T-Shirt design

Another perk in support of my mural project this summer. For donations of $70 or more.

Note: This design is not final but the t-shirt will feature the mural as the primary design element.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mural Funding

As part of my effort to raise money for the mural in North Portland on Mississippi Avenue I am offering these paintings at slightly below their regular gallery price. Instead of simply paying me, the proceeds will go directly toward expenses involved in the mural project. For a donation of $2475 you can choose any one of the paintings below. If you are in the Portland Metropolitan Area I will personally deliver the original to your door (If you live somewhere else I am afraid to inform you that insanely expensive shipping charges may apply. OK not that insane. Just enough to make the total more or less match the original gallery price of the painting).

note: Hatchfund is a non-profit and your donation is tax deductible. But Hatchfund requires an additional 10% in order to run their programs so the actual donation amount to the project is $2250. The good news is that the entire amount that you pay (minus $100 material costs) is completely tax deductible!

"Hovel"  oil on canvas  34" x 50"

"Robinson"  oil on canvas  45" x 52"

"Root"  oil on canvas  48" x 35"
"Truffula"  oil on canvas  35" x 50"

"Witness"  oil on canvas  35" x 50"

"Under the Hawthorne Bridge"  oil on canvas  50" x 50"

"Under Water no.2"  oil on canvas  37" x 41"

"The Cedar"  oil on canvas  30" x 52"

"Containers"  oil on canvas  42" x 42"

"City Map"  oil on canvas  49" x 41"

"Coda"  oil on canvas  40" x 50"

Thursday, April 7, 2016

selected works at OMCC

Selected pieces from my show "A God In The Hearth" is currently hanging in the lobbies of the Olympic Mills Commerce Center at:

 107 SE Washington Street in Portland OR.

The work will be there through the end of May. (change - make that through the end of June!)

“A God In The Hearth: a visual essay on fire and fossil fuels”

My latest project is a visual essay about the deep relationship between human beings and fire and the implications of fossil fuels. By harnessing the power of wildfire, ancient humans transformed both themselves and the world around them, becoming a force like fire itself, spreading across landscapes and transforming them utterly. These paintings draw comparisons between the traditional hearths of kitchen, camp and fireplace, with our new hidden hearths, the engines and power plants that fuel modern life. The fossil fuels burning in these new hearths are changing the climate of this planet. One ironic result of which is an increase in the number and severity of wildfires in the American west. For the first time in our history our ability to change the environment no longer benefits us. Just because we don’t see the flames doesn’t mean the world isn’t burning.

This project was featured as a solo exhibition at Portland Community College, Cascade Campus from Nov. 2015 to Jan. 2016 and at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton OR in Feb. to Mar. 2016.

The final version of the show will be held at the Art Center in Corvallis OR in the summer of 2017
and will be accompanied by a published catalog of the artwork. If you are interested in learning more please contact me and leave your email address at


David Carmack Lewis has been exhibiting in galleries for twenty years. His work has been selected for numerous juried and curated exhibitions. In 2015 his paintings were included in the “Build It” exhibit at the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa AZ,  the “Expressions West” show at the Coos Art Museum in Oregon and the “Art Convergence” show at the Port Townsend Arts Center in Washington. His painting “Burn” was included in the 2015 West Coast Bienniale at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park Museum in Redding California. In the 2011 “Expressions West” show at the Coos Art Museum, his entry was awarded first place by Juror Erik Sandgren. As part of the Art in Embassies program his work was included in exhibitions at the American Embassies in Abuja, Nigeria and Abidjan, Ivory Coast. 

Mr. Lewis currently lives in Portland, Oregon.  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

"A God In The Hearth" at Pendleton OR

A few pics of the show as it was hung in the Betty Feves Gallery at Blue Mountain Community College. Thanks to Lori Sams, the current gallery director for the photos.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Opening in Pendleton

I arrived in Pendleton Oregon to deliver the paintings just as it was getting dark. It was the first time I've ever seen my name in lights, which was a little weird.

We hung the show the following day, one day before the opening. After that I had a little spare time. I needed to pick up something from the hardware store and was surprised to see a color flyer for the show up in the window.

I saw it again at a local restaurant and again in the window of the bookstore.

The day of the show I stopped in at a different restaurant to grab a sandwich and there I was on the table.

Pendleton sure made me feel welcomes.

Unfortunately all of my shots of the actual opening came out blurry. I'lll try to get better ones and post them later.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

New Diptychs

I rearranged one diptych from the show at PCC and matched up a few more for next week's version of "A God In The Hearth" at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon.

Diptych #13 (Burn and Chimney)  oil on paper  12" x 16" each

Diptych #12 (Coal mine and Log Pile)  oil on paper  12" x 16" each

Diptych #11 (Burn and Coal Plant)  oil on paper  12" x 16" each

Diptych #10 (Coal mine and Coal Plant)  oil on paper  12" x 16" each

Diptych #9 (Chimney and Fire)  oil on paper  12" x 16" each

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Studio Visit vol. 32

I am happy to have some pieces from my "God In The Hearth" project included in the latest volume of Studio Visit. You can actually download a digital version of the whole book and past issues online here. The latest volume (#32) is at the bottom of the page.

Professional Perspectives on Climate Change

So this was a thing that happened. Forgot to post here about it but I participated in a panel discussion about different professional perspectives on climate change. I was deeply honored to share the stage with the following people:

Sharon Delcambre

PCC Instructor and Climate Scientist
Panelist Sharon Delcambre earned her PhD at the Center for Climate Research and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches Global Climate Change at Portland Community College. Visit Sharon's website.

Michael Paul Nelson

Environmental Ethicist
Panelist Michael Paul Nelson is an environmental scholar, writer, teacher, speaker, consultant, and professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University. Visit Michael's website.

Cassandra Profita

Moderator Cassandra Profita is a reporter for EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by OPB in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Visit Cassandra's website.

The conversation was in front of a small audience but that allowed it to be quite candid. Unfortunately it was not recorded, and I don't have any pictures. But Michael did give me a copy of this amazing book that he co-edited, with short essays on climate change as a moral issue by people like Barack Obama, The Dalai Lama, John Paul II, Ursula LeGuin, Gary Snyder, E. O. Wilson, and on and on.