Lew Wilson, Lady Lake, Florida Member Since June 2009 Artist Statement 2018 PRESS RELEASE
"Rivers have a message for a good earth, for we all live down stream!"
Two Rivers-Two Lands: An American Passage is a series of hand-painted black and white photographs and contemporary plein-aire water-colors by Lew Wilson. The straight black and white and color photographs shown on this site are offered as an opportunity in Lew's hope that generous patronage of his artworks in these high-quality open edition prints will be the first step in realizing his life-long dream to establish a physical gallery, where through a more direct "traditional" and "personable" manner, Lew will be able to foster the public-mind towards our sustainable majestic environs.
Provide a gift of love in gratitude for our nation of sustainable rivers!
The series is based on Lew's journeys across the rivers of America and the understanding of their place in our national identity. Lew is also making contact through this venue of broader public communication to solicit considerations in offering formal exhibition programs on a national level to fine art centers, museums and featured press media. Two Rivers-Two Lands is a testimonial in fine art photography and painting that tell the story of American rivers he has chosen, especially those of the Great American Migration. He has journeyed across the United States, from the Hudson to the Mississippi to the Pacific coast in this epic quest. Wilson's art career started in the early 1970's when he was a fine arts major in college. Lew was inspired to pursue this adventure during a road trip from Florida to the Big Bend National Park south of Alpine, Texas. Lew served in the United States Coast Guard during the Vietnam War era. Surviving a near-fatal accident in the Colorado Rockies shortly after the 9/11 attacks strengthened his Christian faith as well as his belief in the power of art to connect Americans to the wonders of nature. Lew believes that passionate public appreciation also fosters an unending guardian- ship of our nation's ecological legacy, the cornerstone of our American identity and heritage. Lew is inspired by the art and example of the early plein-aire Hudson River Artists who gave birth to our nation's first major art movement, among them Asher Brown Durand and Thomas Cole.
Lew's artworks are owned by numerous national and international museums, as well as by corporate and private collections. They include The Denver Art Museum; The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin; The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida; The Museum of Modern Art Bozano- Simonsen for the First World "Eco-Art" Summit Exhibition, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The Tampa Museum of Art, Florida; The Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne (during early 2017); and The John Wesley Powell River History Museum in Green River, Utah.
Lew's epic journey to document the story of our American rivers is told, especially, through his masterful amalgamation of hand- painted black and white photographs. As a committed environ- mentalist, he understands that the greatest challenge for conservation is to integrate positively the presence and collaboration of human residence, industry, and commerce in the natural world. A profound experience to anyone visiting the Lower Colorado River of Arizona and California is the river's interaction with agriculture, nature and civilization. Ironically, the Colorado River, one of our nation's most endangered major waterways, has shaped landscapes which are synonymous with America and the spirit that made this nation great. Its fragility parallels that of other waterways and eco- systems, including the Everglades in Lew's native Florida. This eco-system was the first one Lew approached as a professional artist and an advocate for the preservation of our rivers and natural heritage.
Lew's latest hand-painted photograph, "11 Point River" in Missouri will be the artist's gift to support the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act's 50th. Anniversary during 2018.