• Bill Lewis -Dos-Coyotes - 2012 - Print -21x 30 cm

    Bill Lewis -Dos-Coyotes - 2012 - Print -21x 30 cm

    Place of birth: Barming, Kent.

  • Place of current residence: Chatham
  • Where did you learn to be an artist? I am still learning – it is an ongoing process.  I left school when I was 15 without any qualifications and my further education consists of 1 year at an Art Foundation Course at what was then known as the Medway College of Art and Design (now University of Creative Arts).  I have done so many different jobs there is not enough space to mention them but alongside of this I have read, studied, painted and travelled.  Life is a university.
  • Which artists inspire you? Like the jobs I have done there are far too many to mention all of them.  I believe having many influences is better than having one or two but if I had to mention some specific artists they would be Ana Maria Pacheco, Paula Rego, Marc Chagall, Balthus, Munch, Matisse, I had better stop here as this could take 100 years to write down.  I will add though that many of my influences come from outside of fine art such as comic strip artists like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, the Gilbert and Jaimie Hernandez and Mobeus.
  • Describe your own art work: I am a poet first.  I am not so much a painter but a poet who paints.  Some people have said that my work is magical realism which is, as you may know, a literary term coined to describe the work of many Latin American novelists.  I guess this is a good description as I have read a lot of Latin American literature and it is an interest of mine.  I performed my poems in Nicaragua during the days of the Sandinista Revolution and I have spent time in Cuba.I see my paintings as a magic mirror which I hold up to see who and what I am.  There are often symbolic images which arise from my unconsciousness and it often takes many years for me to understand my own work.
  • Why do you think art is important?  What we call art now is descended from our very first attempts to contact those inner worlds that we all have inside of us.  The first poets and painters were shaman and our contemporary art still has shamanic elements within it.  In the Liberal Democracies of the West there has been a moved away from organised religion and despite this we have a need of some spiritual connection, as a Remodernist I believe we can find this in the arts.
  • What is the worst piece of art work you have seen? I find a lot of the so called conceptual art in the late ’80s and ’90s to be lacking in depth.  I am not sure if this is the fault of the artist or the cultural arbiters of our tastes.  I think that Remodernist and Stuckism is not anti conceptual art per se. In fact I think we ARE true conceptual artists because we paint and draw concepts.  .
  • Hobbies/ areas of interest (other than art): Not really because I believe everything is interconnected.  Someone once said it is as important to read a book as write one and I think one of the problems I see, especially amongst would be writers, is that they don’t read literature.  I like movies, or should I say cinema? I read novels; literary, genre and Graphic.
  • Favourite quote: Eric Gill said realism is not painting surfaces but that which lies beneath.
  • Favourite motivational quote: ‘At the age of 18 I decided to become an intellectual’ Simone de Beauvoir