Martin Lewis - Stepping into the Light

6 April- 19 May 2002

This major exhibition profiles the life and work of a little known Castlemaine born artist, Martin Lewis (1880-1962). He left his native land to become a shining light in American printmaking during the 1920s and 30s. Lewis visited Japan to gain inspiration for his prints. He also taught his friend, the great American Realist artist, Edward Hopper, to etch.  This is the first significant display of Lewis' work in Australia and draws on private, public and American collections to provide a representation of his print oeuvre It has been curated by Kirsten McKay and will tour to three other Australian venues (Devenport Regional Gallery, Heide­MOMA, Queensland Art Gallery). In recognition of the importance of this exhibition, a Visions of Australia grant has been approved for the accompanying fully illustrated catalogue. 


Lewis in his studio on E. 34th Street, 1930s

5th Ave Bridge

Martin Lewis: Fifth Avenue Bridge 1928

Martin Lewis: Orator 1926