Corinne Lewis

Fashion, females, fabric and jewellery are the aesthetic concerns of Lewis’ work. The setting is firmly rooted in the film and literary noirs of the 40s and 50s.

Each work takes place in close and intimate interiors dominated by a solitary female figure. The dim artificial lighting is evocative of a city at night.

This is a city populated with femme fatales often in an ambiguous state of dress or undress. Hardboiled men are ever absent from the scene or just out of picture but their presence is recurrently implied.

The works ooze sensuality and glamour but are often underscored by a darker narrative. Where there is a narrative it is always obscured, much like the female form adorned in clothing and jewellery.

This is a highly stylized vision of femininity suggesting both fragility and sexual power. It is an ephemeral vision set in an epoch where all popular cultural ideas about femininity were about to shatter into the feminist resurgence of the 1960s.

Artworks

Education

1992 Associate Diploma of Arts in Commercial Art, Queensland College of Art

Selected exhibitions

2010 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne

2010 Gallery 2120, Brisbane

2010 Group Exhibition, Astras Galleries, Gold Coast

2009 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne

2009 Group Exhibition, Gallery 2120, Brisbane

2009 Group Show Kiln Gallery, Brisbane

2008 Dean Reilly Gallery (now Gallery 2120) Group show, Brisbane

2008 Group Show Charity Auction for Smartcare, Brisbane

2008 Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne

2007 Real Life Charles Ginn Gallery

2006 Charles Ginn Gallery, Brisbane

2006 The Everyday, Charles Ginn Gallery

2005 Artworks Gallery, Gold Coast

2005 Archibelle Women in Abstract, Charles Ginn Gallery

2004 Artworks Gallery, Gold Coast

2004 Gold Coast Convention Centre Art Show

2004 Noosa Regional Art Show

2004 Gold Coast Convention Centre Art Show

2003 Jacaranda Charity for Compassionate Friends, Brisbane

2003 Landsborough Art Show, Landsborough

2003 The Courier Mail Art Show, Brisbane

2002 The Courier Mail Art Show, Brisbane

2001 The Courier Mail Art Show, Brisbane

Awards

1990 Commendation Award

1990 Coca-Cola Excellence in Youth Art exhibition

1990 Certificate of Recognition, Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Art

Commissions

2008 John Playfoot, St Kilda, Melbourne, private collection

2008 Michael & Pearl Nissen, Melbourne, private collection

2007 7.30 Report's journalist Pamela Bournehurst

2004 Springwood Hotel Foyer

2004 Kato the Tiger, Dreamworld office foyer, Gold Coast