Tara Lewis creates paintings that dive into cultural anthropology with a pop twist.  Lewis creates oil portraits of figures wearing t-shirts, iconic props and bespoke accessories created and printed by the artist that center on evolving perceptions of youth, irreverence, beauty, identity, culture trends, empowerment, social issues and pop culture, often referring to past decades and pre-internet sources in refreshed and boldly mundane and relevant ways, depicting raw candor with generic props. Her models bring their own character and prop handling to the portrait session at her studio, which is a collaborative process.  Lewis' work is held in many major collections, including the Phelan Art Collection, Brooke Shields, Ashley Longshore and Beth Rudin DeWoody.  Lewis often presents new paintings at special events and project reveals at her studio in New York City. Lewis pursued her undergraduate art degree at the University of New Hampshire and graduate degree at Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lewis is a direct descendant of Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha, one of her primary influences, who also infused typefaces and cultural portraiture into his celebrated and pivotal compositions.

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