Stanley Lewis (born 1941) is an artist, art teacher, and musician. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received both a BFA and an MFA from the Yale School of Art. He is currently represented by the Betty Cuningham Gallery and his work was represented in three exhibitions at Salander O’Reilly Galleries in New York City. Recent group exhibitions in 2009 include the American Academy of Arts & Letters Invitational; Haverford College, and Gross-McCleaf Gallery, PA.” He has been the recipient of many awards, including the Altman Prize, a Henry Ward Ranger Purchase Award from the National Academy of Design, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. He was also a Danforth Fellow.
Lewis taught at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1969 to 1986, at American University, and currently teaches part-time at the New York Studio School. In addition, he has taught at Smith College and the Parsons School of Design. He was Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College. There was a major retrospective of Lewis’ work at the American University Museum in 2007.
In a 2011 review in The Brooklyn Rail of Lewis’s recent work, Ben La Rocco writes, “Lewis’s paintings are questions. How can paint address the quality of light and presence of a place so as to rival the experience of the place itself?” Critic, John Yau writes: The unruliness of Stanley’s Lewis’s approach to painting and drawing matches the disorder of the world he depicts. His scarred, textured paintings and layered drawings exist somewhere between the stitched-together body of Frankenstein’s monster and Piet Mondrian’s precisely sectioned, asymmetrically divided squares… Chaim Soutine meets Nicholas Poussin in a backyard of rural Massachusetts… Shunning all signs of fashion and trendiness, Lewis’s fervor for the quotidian is one of the great accomplishments in contemporary painting.”