William Lewis, American (b. 1918)
William Lewis, American, b.1918 . Gouache and ink on paper abstract titled “Reparing the Railroad”, 1962. Signed lower right. Image is 8 5/8” x 11 3/8” high, framed measures 15 3/4” x 19 3/8” high overall. $350.00.
Born in Detroit, Lewis attended the University of Michigan prior to World War II and returned to it after serving in the US Navy. In 1948 he graduated from the College of Engineering and College of Architecture and Design. By 1957 he was back at the school as an assistant teacher of technical drawing, but he also had a flair for art with painterly abstraction.
Regarding his work, Lewis stated: “Painting was my primary interest from the start. I did drawings and watercolors in the Navy and went on from there. Traveled in the U.S. and Europe to look at the galleries and collections, studied J.M.W. Turner in England with the aid of Faculty Rackham Grants. I have worked in ceramics and photography, painted in oils, acrylics, and watercolor and have made collages and combines for years. I am proud to be one of the founders of the Ann Arbor Potters’ Guild. The major theme of my painting has been the landscape as affected by men in the last two hundred years with their industrial revolution, wars, and national delusions. Within that scope I have been much taken by the machines that move, so I paint them frequently.”
Reparing the Railroad, 1962