Nate Lewis explores history through patterns, textures, and rhythm, creating meditations of celebration and lamentations. He skilfully fuses artistic approaches pulling from elements of photography, sculpture, frottage, ink, carving, and graphite drawings to challenge the viewer’s perspectives on race and history. Lewis mines his experience as a critical-care nurse to culture artworks set to evoke empathy and comprehend the varying points of view that inform a nuanced worldview. The work seeks to embrace the ideas of humanistic connection and understanding.
Lewis’ solo exhibitions include The Armory Show, Fridman Gallery, New York (2019); Expo Chicago, Fridman Gallery, Chicago (2018); Mosaic Project, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster (2017); and Tensions in Tapestries, Morton Fine Art, Washington DC (2017). His work has been featured in several group exhibitions, including: Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance, 21 C Museum, Cincinnati (2019); Men of Change, Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Services, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati (2019); Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction Of The Black & Hispanic Body In Contemporary Art, Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando (2018); and Legacy Of The Cool: A Tribute To Barkely Hendricks, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Mass College of Art & Design, Boston (2018).