Nature, Science & The Sublime.
Lewis Andrews is a Fine Artist based in Leeds, United Kingdom. His work specializes in dealing with complex thoughts, ideas, and facts within nature and science. Some explore those in which we seem to be overshadowed and overpowered in comparison by the vast distances, size or quantities. Others investigate moments of extreme power, creation, and rebirth on a molecular scale or on a scale comparable to that of the universe. Questioning our relationships, place, and role within the universe, environment and natural spaces.
The idea that almost everything we know, love and see every day has been created by stars that died billions of years ago has been explored within Lewis’s practice. The origins series of artworks turn each object into an investigation of its links with the outer reaches of the cosmos, the chemical components within and then tracing back their origins to the death of a star.
Recent drawings involving materials that originated within the hearts of dying supergiant stars open up discussions and thoughts about how we look at the universe and reaffirm that we didn’t just come from the cosmos but are actively a part of it. The carbon within the drawings is also present within you, me, our machines and every other living being on earth. Through all of these artworks bridges are built between the work and viewer collapsing down vast distances and stretches of time both past, present and future to understand our role within the cycle of the universe.
A large amount of Lewis’s work touches on early romantic theories of the sublime. Taking inspiration from theories in A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke and Theories suggested by Immanuel Kant, the artist looks for moments, processes or cycles within nature which can possibly generate some of these notions of the sublime. Questioning our place within nature when confronted with an entity or event that possesses a greater presence, power or action.
Lewis Andrews moved to Leeds in 2016 to study at BA(Hons) Fine Art at Leeds Arts University. Graduating in 2019, lewis continues to work in Leeds and is now based at Aire Place Studios.
Lewis has participated in exhibitions up and down the country.
Lewis held his first solo show 186,000mi/s whilst studying at Leeds Arts University in 2018 at Wharf Chambers, Leeds, UK.
Lewis was one of the artists picked to participate in the Aon Community Art Awards programme 2019 running through to 2021 with his oceanic sublime photography work being displayed in Aon Headquarters, London.
In 2019, Lewis was one of the selected artists to participate in Lumen collective's 'Natural Light' Exhibition' at Air Gallery, Altrincham, UK. The exhibition and accompanying workshops were successful in receiving Arts Council Funding supporting the show. In late 2019 Lewis displayed two projection works at Coventry Cathedral as part of 'Open projections'. One on the 15h November and the other on New Years Eve 2019.
During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic, Lewis participated in an extensive range of online exhibitions and publications.
A few examples include 'Lost in Isolation' by the Void Collective, 'Unmasked' by the Impulse Movement and The Virtual Art Fair - 'Third Edition'.
Various publications online featured Lewis's Work during the 2020 Pandemic. these include 'RegenerArt: Resilience & Hope' produced by Juliana Lauretta, 'Psychasthenia' E-Book' curated by NanoHour and 'The 'Gathering Zine' by a collaboration between MRes RCA & The Design Museum, London.
Lewis himself held three exhibitions through his website and published three online publications during the pandemic. This included the 'Quarantined Light' Online exhibition and zine featuring artworks from 21 artists.
In September 2020 after the UK national lockdown, Lewis was selected to participate in 'Reality and It's Disorders' by the Degrees of Freedom Collective at Espacio Gallery, London. The exhibition featured works from various artists and performers with all the work reflecting on the three months in national lockdown and the pandemic.
In September 2020, lewis enrolled onto the MA Fine Art programme at Leeds Arts University where the artist is currently studying.
In October 2020, Lewis moved into a studio at Aire Places Studios, Leeds where he now continues to work on his art practice. The following month in November 2020, Lewis was selected to participate in the Mayes Creative Watching the Sun: Virtual Residency alongside other artists with an interest in astronomy and ancient astrology.