The Anxiety Side Show Creator
My original artistic ambition was that of painter and illustrator. Yet as time went on I found that
I approached my works almost as a playwright or screen writer. My works have complex
characters facing intense situations in dense environments. I see my subjects as being almost
inside out, both textually and emotionally. Their thoughts, feelings and moods manifesting into
a visual representation. I felt short titles did not truly explain the personalities and actions taking
place on my canvases and boards. I found when discussing my art, I would become a storyteller
explaining the situations and playing all the parts. This led me to developing and writing short
stories to accompany my art. These stories act almost in place of me discussing my art. I now
feel that my written stories and paintings/drawings are symbiotic. My words have now become
part of me as an artist. I feel this has been an outgrowth of my initial creative goals and has
further enabled to focus on molding multi-dimension characters.
I have always been fascinated by what lays beneath the surface of the shiny, clean and
accepted. The carnival that once was new and bright but is now creaky and run down. The
faded elegance of an old tuxedo being worn by one believes “that is the proper way to
dress“. The surgically enhanced body. Brilliant paint chipping away to reveal a rusted damaged
Growing up one of my influences was the transparent anatomy pages that when flipped reveal
blood and muscles intense and brilliant. I take a similar approach in shaping my subjects. I want
to expose them. I want to peel away layers. The layers include what they are thinking, their urges
and how they see themselves. Who they are becomes how they look and how they interact with
each other. These are stories some true, some imagined and some an outgrowth of a thought or
idea. Each work I am submitting has its own tale to tell. But taken as a whole, the images, stories
and characters blend together to give what I feel are my complete vision.
Not only known for his paintings, Scott Lewis is the co-creator, writer and host of the legendary public access show, “The Scott and Gary Show”, a tongue in cheek mash-up of 1960’s TV dance parties. The show featured 1980’s indie bands such as the Beastie Boys and the Butthole Surfers performing live in the embryonic stages of their careers. Retrospectives of the program have screened at The Museum of the Moving Image, New York Underground Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival and other film festivals across the country. Scott’s other solo exhibits have included the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, PhilaMOCA, The Chocolate Factory, Buzzer Thirty, Jungle Science and Index Art.