Zoe’ Visual Arts Life

Artist’s Statement

John R. Lewis

As a speculative creative, I strive to communicate personal and socially relevant truths, which will lead my audiences to explore their own boundaries and perceptions. I believe in using creative works to inspire people to better themselves by exploring new insights and realizing their full potential.

My research tells me we have recently entered the next Information Revolution, which is based upon Big Data, robotics, Artificial Intelligence and nanotechnology. Like it or not, understand it or not, these factors are affecting all our lives, plans and dreams in unforeseen ways.

I portray seminal events of the past in order to inform understandings of imagined future fictional events and projections of human activities on Earth and in space. Revisiting a scripture from Genesis, with some reinterpretation, will remind us where 21st Century mankind finds itself: Genesis 11:6 (KJV) “And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they all have one language [sic Big Data/AI]; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”

 

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Black ink 12 x 12″ linoleum cut print (1 of 5) on Stonehenge paper “L’age jurassique sur Mars” relief of “The Calling of the Gray Prophet” 2017.

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(1 of 5) 4-color screen print 16 x 20″ on Stonehenge paper promotional poster for graphic novel “Out of Jurassic Mars” 2017.

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Intaglio print (1 of 5) for graphic novel “Out of Jurassic Mars” depiction of organic space elevator suspended by dumbbell-shaped asteroid in Mars areosynchronous orbit. 2017.

 

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Acrylic on canvas 9 x 12″ “Props of the Titanic” construction in Belfast c. 1912 “19-Teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

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Acrylic on canvas 9 x 12″ “Props of the Titanic Submerged” from modern photography “19-Teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

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Acrylic on canvas 12 x 16″ “Props of the Titanic Submerged 2” from modern photography “19-teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

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Oil on 18 x 24″ canvas impasto with palette knife “The Halifax Explosion 1917” from B&W historical photography “19-teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

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Oil on 18 x 24″ canvas “The Halifax Explosion 1917 Clean-up” from B&W historical photography “19-teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

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Acrylic on 24 x 36″ canvas “General Pershing Arrives in France 1917” from B&W historical photography “19-teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

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Acrylic on  18 x 24″ canvas “Battle of Belleau Woods in France 1918” from B&W historical photography “19-teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

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Acrylic on  18 x 24″ canvas “Red Scare One 1919-20 NYC Protest” from B&W historical photography “19-teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

 

Concept Drawings for Novel “Out of Triassic Mars.”

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Out of Triassic Mars: Doctor General Sammy Kissinger and Doctor Miriam Kissinger, 2019

Pencil, pen and India ink with Prismacolor pencil on Bristol board

17 by 12 inches

 

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Out of Triassic Mars: Elieazar Shepherds the Dodecahedron Time Ship, 2019

Pencil, pen and India ink with Prismacolor pencil on Bristol board

17 by 12 inches

 

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Out of Triassic Mars: Triassic Mars Recon Team, 2019

Pencil, Pen and India ink with Prismacolor pencil on Bristol board

24 by 19 inches

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Out of Triassic Mars: Doctor Miriam Kissinger near Olympus Mons, 2019

Pencil, Pen and India ink with Prismacolor pencil on Bristol board

17 by 12 inches

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Out of Triassic Mars: Hutcheson and Stanik—Stalked, 2019

Pencil, Pen and India ink with Prismacolor pencil on Bristol board

17 by 12 inches

 

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Acrylic on 59 x 59″ self-made stretched canvas Masters Appropriation project from “The Calling of St. Matthew” by Caravaggio “The Calling of a Celestial Steward by the Second Adam 2311 A.D.” 2018.

 

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Impasto acrylic on 26 X 42″ self-stretched canvas “Dark Matter” Abstract project Spring 2019.

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Pencil, pen-and-ink on 11 x 17″ Bristol board colorized in Photoshop for Graphic Novel cover illustration “Boomer Cyborgs in Run Through the Jungle 2026.” 2019

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Pencil, pen-and-ink on 11 x 17″ Bristol board colorized in Photoshop for Graphic Novel back cover illustration “Army Regulars in Run Through the Jungle 2026.” 2019

Novella Concept Drawings: “The Queen of Frozen Night”

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O’Neil Cylinder Type III Space Habitat: Port Inveraray in synchronous orbit of New Argyll at 1,100 miles above the surface on space tether attached at equator of the dwarf planet, previously called Eris. 2019

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Queen Donnagh I, the monarch of the Demarchy of the Solar Highlands. 2019

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Celestial Steward of the Ooort Cloud Jackdonalson tows an errant comet away from Haumae Research Station using gravitation control.  2019

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The Queen’s Lady-in-waiting Yvain MacIver escorts Queen Donnagh’s nano-armor to the shuttle at the Eastern Docking Bay of Port Inveraray space habitat at the dwarf planet New Argyll. 2019

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Captain Colin Bruce of the American Guard, much as the historical Swiss Guard, they are expatriated American soldiers and sailors who serve the Queen of the Solar Highlands. 2019

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Prime Minister Duncan MacKinzie, Queen Donnagh and Yvain MacIver attend the Solar Highlands Games Ball. Yvain hopes to see her love interest Captain Bruce there. 2019

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General Rory MacDonald of the Makemake Rebellion Interplanetary Maroon Forces with his fiancee’ Darling (Darly) Soliel MacDavitt. 2019

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The kick-butt Fleet Admiral of the Makemake Interplanetary Maroon Forces, Elanor Hawke. She became a nanotech-human hybrid super-soldier in 2280 A.D. when she was a Lieutenant. 2019

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Prime Minister of the Makemake Rebellion Hamish MacDonald, an ancestral enemy of the Campbell Clan. On the capitol dreadnaught SS Constitution with his son-in-law Admiral Gareth Halsey. 2019