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Paintings and Works on Paper

Stanley Lewis

May 12 – July 15, 2022

A painted scene of a backyard, a chair and wagon are viable in the forefront. Behind that one can see a driveway, large tree and a small section of a green house. The edges of this painting are rough and textured.

Backyard with a Wagon, Table and Chair, 2022 

Oil and acrylic on canvas 

53 3/4 x 65 inches 136.5 x 165.1 cm 

Signed on verso

Men working on the roof of a house with two steeples.

Dan West and Crew, Roofers, 2020 

Pencil on paper

25 3/4 x 35 1/2 inches 65.4 x 90.2 cm 

Signed on verso

View of a White House with a green roof. In the foreground is a garden fenced in by an orange fence.

View of the Garden with Orange Fence II, 2020 

Acrylic on paper

38 1/2  x 33 1/2 inches 97.8 x 85.1 cm 

Signed on verso

Black and white image of a nature scene with trees in the foreground and a cabin porch off to the left hand side.

Lovell Lake through the Trees, 2021 

Ball point pen and penicl on paper 

11 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches 29.2 x 39.4 cm

Signed on verso

An image of a lake in the background and a green field in the foreground.

Lake Chautauqua- Last Visit, 2018 

Oil on canvas 

16 1/2 x 22 inches 41.9 x 55.9 cm

Signed on verso

Press Release

As a painter, I often look straight down at the grass and say that I am going to paint every blade of grass.  How it is done is impossible to understand, but it starts at the micro level.              ~ Stanley Lewis, 2022 


Betty Cuningham Gallery is pleased to open an exhibition of new work by Stanley Lewis. This will be the artist’s fourth show with the Gallery, located at 15 Rivington Street. The artist will be present for an opening reception on Thursday, May 12 from 6-8 PM.

The exhibition is comprised of twelve paintings and four works on paper, all completed recently. Typically, Lewis works and reworks a painting or a drawing for months, if not years, struggling to grasp the details or “the little things.” He works on-site, therefore his subjects are wherever he finds himself: Westport, CT where one of his children live, Lovell Lake, NH where they have a cottage, and most particularly, during the past three years, at home in Massachusetts, painting Rhododendrons, clapboards on the house or whatever is in the backyard. 

Backyard with a Wagon, Table and Chair, 2022 is a major undertaking which Stanley refers to as his “whole life.” He worked on it for thirteen years, leaving it sheltered in his outdoor ‘studio’ throughout the winter months. His method is complex and requires hours of editing: the canvas is cut and rejoined, piled with layers of paper and canvas, unified by an active painted surface and single image. Lewis’ ambitious cut-and-assemble process is also evident in his works on paper. In View of Our House with Rhododendrons, the foreground is a tangled net of individual branches, almost in relief, through which peeks a corner of the house.


Stanley Lewis was born in Somerville, NJ in 1941.  He received a BA from Wesleyan University in 1963 and an MFA from Yale University in 1967 as a Danforth Fellow. Throughout his career, Lewis has held posts as teacher and critic at various institutions including Kansas City Art Institute, Smith College, and American University. In 2005, Lewis received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2015 he received an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work can be found in numerous public collections including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; National Academy Museum, New York, NY; Hollins University Gallery, Roanoke, VA; William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, Mt. Kisco, NY; the Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY; and the Watkins Collection at American University, Washington, DC, among others. In 2007, the Katzen Art Center at American University, Washington, DC hosted a retrospective of the artist’s work. Lewis lives and works in Leeds, MA. 


An illustrated catalogue and online viewing room accompany this exhibition.