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The Aimless Propose
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Rugby Art Gallery and Museum Art Collections

The Aimless Propose 1987

Simon Lewty (1941–2021)

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum Art Collections

Artist and teacher, born in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. He studied at Mid-Warwickshire School of Art and Hornsey School of Art. Between 1964–81 lectured at Mid-Warwickshire School, then worked full-time as an artist. There were many influences on Lewty’s work, including Surrealism, especially André Breton; theories of automatic writing; the use of text in pictures from the Cubists; Paul Klee; William Blake; and especially medieval graffiti. Lewty showed widely in Britain in mixed shows, being a John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool, prizewinner in 1985; he also won a prize at Cleveland 8th International Drawing Biennale in 1987. After a one-man show at Woodstock Gallery in 1968 Lewty exhibited at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 1984, then had the first of a series with Anne Berthoud Gallery in 1985, the year he showed at Serpentine Gallery.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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