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.  

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