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painting by Tara Lewis
installation photograph of Role Modeling
painting by Tara Lewis
installation photograph of Role Modeling
painting by Tara Lewis
installation photograph of Role Modeling
painting by Tara Lewis
installation photograph of Role Modeling
Currently On View

Tara Lewis X Brooke Shields

Role Modeling

4 May — 27 May, 2022

Opening Reception

Wed 4 May — 6 - 9 pm
Q&A with Lewis & Shields: 7 pm

New York City, NY— Louis K. Meisel Gallery is pleased to announce Role Modeling—an artistic collaboration between New York-based artist Tara Lewis and Brooke Shields. On display throughout May 2022, Role Modeling explores Shields’ vibrant contributions to Pop culture in the 1980s through the playful portraiture of Tara Lewis.

The resulting body of artwork, which consists of paintings, drawings and digital works, depict Shields and her two daughters posing in a series of looks styled to capture the dynamism of that era. Creative synergy between Lewis and Shields drove the portrait concepts and compositions, which were seasoned with an array of props and wearables from Shields’ personal collection, including her original Calvin Klein jeans. References to Keith Haring and Studio 54, along with generic props that include visors, bubblegum and legwarmers, create mise-en-scènes that explore a particular coming of age moment in youth culture.

For Tara Lewis, this series is an extension of her recent paintings, which depict models engaging with props as a means to explore identity, perceptions of beauty and self-awareness. With an underlying rawness, her portraits exude an irreverence that create viewer engagement. Role Modeling is Lewis’ first solo exhibition at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery; she has been actively exhibiting in New York since 2010.

Tara Lewis X Brooke Shields: Role Modeling  is on display from May 4th to the 27th. An opening reception will be held for the public on Wednesday, May 4th from 6 to 9 pm. A Q&A with Lewis and Shields will be held at 7pm; it will be moderated by David Kratz, President of the New York Academy of Art. Proof of vaccination will be required at the door. For further information and images of works from the exhibition, please contact Christine here.

New York City, NY— Louis K. Meisel Gallery is pleased to announce Role Modeling—an artistic collaboration between New York-based artist Tara Lewis and Brooke Shields. On display throughout May 2022, Role Modeling explores Shields’ vibrant contributions to Pop culture in the 1980s through the playful portraiture of Tara Lewis.

The resulting body of artwork, which consists of paintings, drawings and digital works, depict Shields and her two daughters posing in a series of looks styled to capture the dynamism of that era. Creative synergy between Lewis and Shields drove the portrait concepts and compositions, which were seasoned with an array of props and wearables from Shields’ personal collection, including her original Calvin Klein jeans. References to Keith Haring and Studio 54, along with generic props that include visors, bubblegum and legwarmers, create mise-en-scènes that explore a particular coming of age moment in youth culture.

For Tara Lewis, this series is an extension of her recent paintings, which depict models engaging with props as a means to explore identity, perceptions of beauty and self-awareness. With an underlying rawness, her portraits exude an irreverence that create viewer engagement. Role Modeling is Lewis’ first solo exhibition at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery; she has been actively exhibiting in New York since 2010.

Tara Lewis X Brooke Shields: Role Modeling  is on display from May 4th to the 27th. An opening reception will be held for the public on Wednesday, May 4th from 6 to 9 pm. A Q&A with Lewis and Shields will be held at 7pm; it will be moderated by David Kratz, President of the New York Academy of Art. Proof of vaccination will be required at the door. For further information and images of works from the exhibition, please contact Christine here.

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About Tara Lewis

Tara Lewis (b. 1970, New Hampshire) is a realist painter whose playful large-scale portraiture examines youth culture from the pre-internet era. Exploring perceptions of beauty and self-empowerment, Lewis’ recent body of work is laden with a pop-like vibe. Each subject is carefully styled, often with bespoke accessories and garments that are created by the artist.

Tara Lewis earned her B.A. in Painting and Printmaking at the University of New Hampshire and pursued her graduate studies at Tufts University and The Museum School in Boston. Lewis maintains a studio in lower Manhattan; she has been actively exhibiting in New York since 2010.

For more information on the artist please visit: www.taralewisstudio.com/

Tara Lewis