Profile: Nate Lewis (1985-)

Nate Lewis is an American artist.


Lewis graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009.  Lewis’ artwork borrows heavily from that medical training to deliver works that he describes as being influenced by the “rhythms and records of people’s lives… vulnerability, empathy and care.” As the self-taught artist’s work and exposure progressed, he “started using African-American figures and thinking about empathy and what is empathy outside of the hospital.” The Washington City Paperdescribed his process as “… The works are compositionally minimal, even austere—mostly portraits that are simple and straight on, printed on porous paper in stark black and white. Lewis then sculpts the paper by snipping, slicing, and perforating the silhouette of the bodies to create three-dimensional figures that emerge from the canvas.”

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