Simon Lewis «..the wood for the trees»
The process of building the William James Linton Archive has been substantially inspired by the artistic mindset that becomes apparent in the microscopically detailed miniature painting of artist Simon Lewis. In this sense, the painting «...the wood for the trees», measuring only 10 x 10 cm, was created between 1998 and 2000 in his Denmark, Lewis’s adopted country, is a true cornerstone of the archive. By deploying an extremely meticulous, additive technique of oil painting, Lewis reaches into depths otherwise inaccessible to painting, and most of all to contemporary painting. Significantly, Lewis has chosen a xylographic printing plate as the carrier for this manifesto of an artistic radicalism.
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