Painting is a question of distance travelled : not paintings finished, but a game of movements in which the canvasses are like intermediary beacons between states of being. Here, everything counts : the departure point, where one arrives, and the path taken on leaving one place to arrive at the other. The thing is to create distance, in order not to find but to approach the unknown. But it is also a question of remembering where one came from in order to maintain traces of the distance travelled. Lewis himself states : ‘ The painting needs to go beyond the story, to become an autonomous presence whilst conserving the ties with it’s reason for being’

Pierre Wat june 2016