Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Permanent Collection Pick of the Week

In 2006 the Grimsby Public Art Gallery received a large donation of prints made by the artist Stanley Lewis.  I chose a couple examples from his Pollution Series titled Dawn and Dusk. It’s interesting that although these prints were made in 1968, the issue it presents is not far removed from our issues with pollution today. When I first came across these prints, I immediately assumed it was a recent depiction of the Hamilton steel industry. I was quite drawn to the way Lewis depicted the human figures with their disproportioned bodies, mouths gaping open, breathing in the smog from the city below. Also, the fact that the figures are nude makes them seem all the more vulnerable in this toxic environment that Lewis is illustrating. Overall, this series makes for a chilling reminder of the reality of this world issue.

Rebecca Madamba
Collections Management Assistant

Stanley Lewis
Pollution Series: Dawn, 1968
Stonecut
Collection of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Gift of Francois Beauchamp




 
Stanley Lewis
Pollution Series: Dusk, 1968
Stonecut
Collection of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Gift of Francois Beauchamp

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