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

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#acrylic portray
#afrofuturism
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#Paul Lewin
#portraits

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-based artist Paul Lewin, portray portraits of resilient, unafraid ladies is a option to course of and manifest a lineage. “My work tells the story of me,” he says in a press release. “Each of my paintings is created in a process similar to dreaming. Meditation and dreams were very important tools in the creative process of my ancestors. I like to think of it as traveling inside to the place where my inspirations, emotions, genetic memory, and unconscious thoughts all collide.”

Working in impartial tones and colours evocative of the tropics, Lewin envisions figures inside the speculative realm of Afrofuturism. Geometric motifs and symbols reference diasporic folklore and ritual and adorn the themes’ faces and torsos. Hoods of fur, snake-like coils, and feathers shroud their our bodies, utilizing natural particulars to border their silhouettes and convey the intrinsic connections between humanity and nature. Rendered on canvas or wooden panel, every work is rooted within the switch of power and the way legacies are handed by way of generations.

Prints, stickers, and different items can be found in Lewin’s shop. Visit Instagram for extra of his works and glimpses into his course of.

 

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

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

Left: “Proxima Centauri” (2022), acrylic on wooden, 24 x 30 inches. Right: “Ritual” (2022), acrylic on wooden, 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. Right: Cover art for “How Long till Black Future Month” (2021), acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24 inches

Lewin along with his mural at UC Santa Cruz

#acrylic portray
#afrofuturism
#portray
#Paul Lewin
#portraits

 

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