Kenneth J. Lewis, Sr. is a self-instructed Artist who began painting on canvas at the unusual age of 47 years. Kenneth has a spiritual relationship and deep sensitivity for what he produces. He has always loved art and appreciated great art and artists; thus, for a few years he owned a unique custom frame shop. Framing much loved artwork allowed Kenneth to be near his passion of art, while not yet pursuing his surreptitious gift.
On New Year’s Day 2008, Kenneth painted his very first piece; he called it “Contemplation” (above right). It was an inner reflective painting as he sat home contemplating his future after 24 years of marriage. He quickly learned he had a very raw and latent gift that could no longer be held back. Kenneth painted more as a hobby from 2008 until the death of his beautiful Mother in 2012. His Mother’s departure from earth ignited the artist flow in him. Kenneth’s Mother could draw, yet she never attempted to embrace or further explore her talent. He knew that he had to create, not only for himself, but also for his late Mother, and for generations that follow.
Since that time Kenneth has created enormous collections of work. Currently, he has over 575 works of art and 5 sculpures. Kenneth has also extended his career to that of an illustrator. He was one of the Artists featured in Art Expo NY Solo 2016, as well as featured in the Art Expo NY Promotional Video 2016. To date Kenneth has hosted/curated 6 group shows, over 10 solo shows. 2018 is an exciting year for Kenneth as many exhibitions across the country are being coordinated. (Exhibiton section updates reqularly).
Kenneth J. Lewis, Sr. calls his studio KJL Art Sanctuary and says, "I know what I feel when creating in The Sanctuary. Creating in KJL Art Sanctuary allows me to connect spiritually with each piece I create.” He primarily creates with acrylic paint, mixed media, on large canvas that he creates himself. Kenneth says, “Painting on larger canvas allows me to immerse myself into each piece.” Although, Kenneth loves the large canvas he has over 150 sketches and paintings on smaller canvas and paper. He gravitates towards expressing his art with bursts of color and energy. Kenneth also has a very eclectic style and hopes the viewer/collector finds a connection with his work. #muchlove