This World Is Your Oyster
Peter Lewis has been creating weird and wonderful
collages for nearly 25 years. His works are
intricately-constructed worlds of dark cuteness
where the normal rules of proportion and gravity
may not necessarily apply and where
seemingly-symbolic objects may turn out to be mere red herrings.
Peter takes inspiration from collage legends like
Max Ernst, Hannah Hoch and Winston Smith, as well
as "lowbrow" artists like Robert Williams and
Mark Ryden. It was therefore something of a dream
come true when he was recently offered the chance
to be a part of a group show at the legendary La
Luz De Jesus gallery in LA, the home of the lowbrow art movement.
Peter's work has featured on album covers and in
group shows in several countries as well as US
art magazines Churn and Fifth Avenue. In 2010 he
was chosen for inclusion in the book "Masters:
Collage. Major Works by Leading Artists" released
by US art publisher Lark Books.
'This World Is Your Oyster' is a collection of
works inspired by Peter's recent trip to the US.
Thanks to the generosity of friends and
crowdfunders he was able to attend his first US
show in Portland and spend two days in San
Francisco with his art hero and mentor, master
collage artist Winston Smith (Dead Kennedys,
Green Day, Ben Harper). Taking their cue from the
feeling of constant motion that is international
travel, many of these pieces seek to capture
transitory moments - instead of being
carefully-staged constructions they are snapshots
in time, frozen for a second before all hell breaks loose again.
America is a vast collection of weird and
wonderful places, lurid and bright and
larger-than life, and what better way to
celebrate that than with a series of weird and wonderful collaged worlds.