Folkloric Portraits in Acrylic by Artist Paul Lewin Envision an Afrofuturistic World



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#afrofuturism
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September 21, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Convergence” (2022), acrylic on wooden, 24 x 30 inches. All photos © Paul Lewin, shared with permission

For Jamaica-born, Miami-primarily based artist Paul Lewin, portray portraits of resilient, unafraid girls is a way to course of action and manifest a lineage. “My perform tells the tale of me,” he says in a assertion. “Each of my paintings is made in a method comparable to dreaming. Meditation and goals had been very essential instruments in the innovative procedure of my ancestors. I like to think of it as traveling within to the spot where by my inspirations, thoughts, genetic memory, and unconscious ideas all collide.”

Working in neutral tones and shades evocative of the tropics, Lewin envisions figures in the speculative realm of Afrofuturism. Geometric motifs and symbols reference diasporic folklore and ritual and adorn the subjects’ faces and torsos. Hoods of fur, snake-like coils, and feathers shroud their bodies, working with natural and organic particulars to frame their silhouettes and convey the intrinsic connections involving humanity and mother nature. Rendered on canvas or wood panel, each individual function is rooted in the transfer of electricity and how legacies are passed by way of generations.

Prints, stickers, and other products are out there in Lewin’s shop. Stop by Instagram for much more of his performs and glimpses into his process.

 

“Nala” (2022), acrylic on wood, 24 x 30 inches

“Habitation” (2022), acrylic on wooden, 24 x 30 inches

Remaining: “Proxima Centauri” (2022), acrylic on wood, 24 x 30 inches. Ideal: “Ritual” (2022), acrylic on wood, 24 x 30 inches

“Nomad” (2022), acrylic on wooden, 24 x 30 inches

“Nexus,” acrylic on wooden cutout by Joe Koontz

Left: “Kianga” (2019), acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24 inches. Suitable: Deal with artwork for “How Prolonged till Black Potential Month” (2021), acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24 inches

Lewin with his mural at UC Santa Cruz

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