Cynthia Lewis SWA
I was brought up to appreciate all the different arts and love of creative expression. Since my schooldays, now over 70 years ago, I have liked to draw and paint and my skills developed, so that, when needed, I was able to help my three sons with their art homework. When time became more available, I embarked on a path of more formal training. First, through evening classes, then a full-time foundation followed by a college course, with classes in sculpture, and drawing & painting in various media. On the way, I gained an A-level in Art and a Diploma in Art & Design.
Later, when I went to the Institute, I continued my training in sculpture as well as in other media. After about 5 years, I decided to specialise in sculpture: modelling and carving in wood and stone, and a turning point came about 20 years ago, when I discovered the joy of modelling in wax.
Medium: Brown Soapstone on wood base
Dimensions: H.15cm (including base) x W 21cm x D 17cm
Some years ago, I picked up the tip of a goat's horn, just where it starts to unfurl. As it was such an interesting shape, I kept it & eventually, it became the basis of this carving.
Medium: Bronze on bronze base.
Dimensions: L. nose to tail, 46cm x W.25cm x H.31cm incl. base
Price: ONLY TO ORDER.. Bronze: £6,000.. Resin: £2500.
Medium: Bronze on bronze base.
Dimensions: L. 36cm x W.11cm x H 16cm
Price: ONLY TO ORDER.. Bronze £6.000. Resin: £2500.
I saw a photograph on the front of a book about Cougars. This book had so had so many photographs illustrating the life of cougars that I ordered it direct from California. After first creating a relief of an imaginary view of cougars in their habitat, I created this mother carrying her cub.
Medium: Pink Soapstone
Dimensions: L. 19cm x W. 23cm x H.33cm.. (weight: about 10kg.)
Why is it called 'Sharing' ? Because, before I began carving the stone, I 'saw' inside, the vague shapes of a man leaning towards a seated woman. It turned out that the head & legs belong to both of them. ..... Of course, you may see something else.
Medium: Bronze, on a bronze plate with polished wood base
Dimensions: L: nose-to-tail, 39cm x W:16cm x H:31, incl base.
Price: ONLY To Order: Bronze £5,000.. Resin: £1850
Medium: Bronze on Wood base
Dimensions: L: body length & base width 35cm x W: wingtip to wing tip 50cm x H: 45cm incl base.
Price: ONLY to ORDER: Bronze £6,950,,, or Resin £2,500.
I saw a photograph in a news item about a man from Kazakhstan & his pet eagle.. and I thought about modelling the eagle because, as my first bird, it might be exciting. It was actually quite difficult & took much longer than I'd expected, as the wax for every single feather had to be shaped separately & applied one at a time.
I have been developing and refining the necessary skills to model first animals and then birds. To transfer the beauty and strength I can see, whilst simultaneously trying to capture their essential nature, energy and fluidity together with a feeling of movement, into a static three-dimensional form. I find that everything I do has to have movement.
I see shapes, often in the stone I carve, I then create unique forms from the images in my mind's eye. Using wax I create models giving movement to animals, birds and abstracted forms, sometimes derived from photographs which I then have cast into bronze or other materials.
I feel particularly proud that my work was recognised by an invitation in April 2007, to become an Associate Member of the Society of Women Artists. Then in 2014, I was delighted to be awarded full membership.