Walking down a seemingly normal street on an unassuming corner in Mayfair before my eyes were met with a window into another world, or more accurately a tiny door. The air of mystery only heightened by the bottomless glasses of champagne. It was a world away while being very close to home. That’s the best way I can describe Tom Lewis’ exhibition. While that sentence doesn’t even being to encompass the technical artistry of his work it does, just about describe how seeing his pieces made me feel.
Having no prior knowledge of Tom, his creations or Japanese culture I was one step removed from the artistic narrative but nevertheless found myself being able to connect with the story; or at the very least my interpretation of it.
Using a mixture of acrylics and Indian ink Tom has beautifully captured the essence of the Japanese spirit world.
But don’t just take my word for
Visitors and fans alike had words of their own to share
I have been following Tom’s work for a while this constant battle between light and dark remains an element of his work, he continues to evolve. I really like the addition of of the text bubbles.
The text bubbles seemed to be a hot topic amongst other visitors too. With others commenting on how Tom captured the essence of the Japanese language without actually writing it.
Now let’s unpick the art
Pink, purple and orange were admittedly recurring elements in Tom’s palette but it was the blaring contrast between light and dark and the enticing blend of seemingly tertiary tones that sparked my interest.
When asked about the character of Megan & her story Tom said:
My hesitancy to pin Megan down to asingle narrivtae is Perhaps because she’s not really a person. She’s more what a person does. She is the representation of the idea of action.
The longer you stare at a single piece the more you notice. It’s like a window into the cyclical jigsaw of Tom’s mind. Gather up each and every piece knowing there’s a bigger picture but never quite being able to figure out the entire thing. That is where the beauty lies.
“Stories are what make us human. We tell stories we listen to stories , we live inside stories”
– Tom Lewis
These were some of my favourite pieces: