2017 Artist in Residence
Nate Lewis is a self-taught artist, who started his art career in 2010 after completing his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008, an experience that is largely reflected in his work. After school Lewis began working at several critical care facilities, witnessing and often being a participant in intense emotional experiences amongst family members grieving sick loved ones. Inspired by notions of vulnerability and tragedy, Lewis creates multidimensional sculptures through sheets of paper intricately cut into part-embroidery, part-etched, part-sculpture, featuring precise and intricate cuts along musculature lines. Workly mostly in black and white, Lewis created depth and multifaceted sides heightened by these neutral tones.
Hailing from Beavertown, Pennsylvania, Lewis only began to draw as a means of distraction from his medical studies. Since then he’s had two solo shows at Morton Fine Art in Washington, DC, along with group exhibitions at Gallery Nine 5, Art on the Vine, Art Basel, Cordesa Fine Art, among others. He was a recent recipient of the DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities Visual Artist Fellowship Grant and the regional winner of Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. He was also recently an artist-in-residence at Pioneer Works, and his works can be found in the permanent collections of Peggy Cooper Cafritz and the Yuko Nii Foundation.