Simon Lewty (1941-2021)
Visions of a non-resident
Signed and dated 1988 and titled verso
Ink, crayon and acrylic on tissue paper
31½ x 41½ inches
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An extraordinary work from an extraordinary mind expressed through unique imagery, poetry and calligraphy
Simon Lewty born in Sutton Coldfield in 1941. He attended Mid-Warwickshire School of Art (1957–1960), Hornsey College of Art (1961–1963). He worked as a lecturer at the Mid-Warwickshire College of Further Education, (1964–1981), before living and working in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire and in Swanage, Dorset.
After resigning his teaching post to devote himself to his art, he was given solo shows at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, in 1984, and at the Serpentine in London the following year. These caught the eye of critics and soon his work was being acquired by the Arts Council, the British Museum and the V&A, as well as by museums across the Midlands. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery also invited him to select objects from its holdings to exhibit alongside his own paintings. With his reputation established, he was taken on by the art dealer Anne Berthoud and subsequently by Art First.
His obituary by can be read on The Guardian website here