Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

Michael H. Lewis earned an M.A. in Fine Arts from Michigan State University in 1964. In 1975 he received an M.F.A. in painting from the State University College in New Paltz, New York.  Lewis has been teaching at the University of Maine since 1966, achieving full professorship and serving as Chairperson of the Art Department and Acting Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Paintings by Lewis have been included in exhibitions around the country and as far away as Japan. He has exhibited work at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. He has had solo exhibitions at the Uptown Gallery in New York City, Steven Scott Gallery in Baltimore, Aucocisco Gallery in Portland, Maine, and the University of Maine Museum of Art in Orono. He is represented in numerous private and corporate collections, and the collections of the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Colby College, the Fogg Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, the University of Maine, the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and the University of Southern Maine Art Gallery.

The artist’s technique in his own words: “In 1975 I developed a technique for washing oil paint onto paper using turpentine. This led to a spontaneous and improvisational kind of painting that had prompted me to work in an increasingly intuitive manner. I visit specific locations many times, return to my studio, and work from memory and invention. I want to create paintings in which viewers recognize a real landscape but do not get locked into the specific details of the ‘present’ moment.”

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