Laura Lewis, a High Plains regionalist, is known for her ability to capture the expansive landscapes, skyscapes, and agricultural imagery of that part of Texas which is forever imprinted on her soul.
Her artistic process began as a teen when she had the good fortune to study portraiture with Glenna Goodacre before Goodacre transitioned into sculpture. Later, Ms. Lewis attended the University of Texas at Austin and it was when she returned home to Lubbock that she realized that land, those open vistas, canyon bluffs, and the monumental horizon was an inextricable part of her spirit. Since then her artwork has reflected the beauty, bounty, colors and patterns of that area. Ms. Lewis began creating landscapes with pastels, but now prefers oils, finding them extremely rich and complex. In her latest work, she applies the paint with more expressive brushstrokes to accentuate textures and the illusion of the Plains’ deep sweeping spaces.
Ms. Lewis recently completed a mural for the Chevron Corporation that depicts the discovery of oil in the Permian basin. She relished the opportunity to participate in the process and the challenge of painting the beauty of the High Plains on a large scale.
She has exhibited her artwork in solo and group exhibitions including the Western Regional Exhibition of Oil Painters of America.
Ms. Lewis is a member of the Contemporary Texas Regionalists, a painters’ group formed by William Reaves, who specializes in early Texas art and mid-century Texas modernists. She is also represented in his former gallery, Sarah Foltz Fine Art located in Houston, Texas.
Ms. Lewis’ work is included in the permanent collection of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, Texas, in the John and Bobby Nau Collection of Texas Art, and in corporate and private collections.
"About Place: Paintings of Laura Lewis", Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA), Lubbock, Texas; October 2013
Art on Texas Avenue, Lubbock, Texas; October, 2011
Weiler House Fine Arts, Fort Worth, Texas; September 2010
Art on Texas Avenue, Lubbock, Texas; September 2009
"West Texas Landscapes": McCormick Gallery, Midland, Texas; September, 2007
"The Big Picture": EdibleMetal Gallery, Lubbock, Texas; February, 2007
"Rhythm in the Landscape": LHUCA, Lubbock, Texas; October, 2005
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
The Texas Aesthetic V-X, William Reaves Fine Art, 2012-2016
Southwest Gallery, Dallas, Texas; 2011
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, 2008 and 2009
Lubbock Centennial Celebration; 50 Years of Art: 2008
Midland Arts Association National Juried Show, Museum of the Southwest, Midland Texas: 2004
Red River Valley National Juried Show, Vernon, Texas: 2004, 2005
Pastel Society of New Mexico, Fisher Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico: 2000
AWARDS AND HONORS
Lubbock Art Festival Juried Exhibit: 2013 First Place
Lubbock Art Festival Juried Exhibit: 2012, Best of Show
Lubbock Art Festival Juried Exhibit: 2009, Honorable Mention
Red River Valley National Juried Show, 2004: Best of Show
Midland Arts Association National Juried Show, Museum of the Southwest, 2004: Honorable Mention
Lubbock Arts Festival: 2003, Juror’s Award; 1997, Juror’s Award
The New York Times Texas, March 7, 2014 Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts Exhibit
The Complete Painter's Handbook 2012, published by American Artist Magazine
Texas Co-op Power Magazine July 2010 edition, Landscapes Reimagined, by Mary Lance
American Artist Magazine, February 2009 edition, Using Rhythm and Movement to Create Harmonious Landscapes, by Jana Fowler