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The creepy and awesome work of Michael Lewis 

A mix of wood and paintings shine at Parentheses Gallery.


Sculpture and painting is perfectly matched in the Michael Lewis exhibit Recent Work: Canvas and Wood. Lewis, a local woodcarver and painter, combines his two loves so well in this eclectic, mesmerizing exhibition. His previous shows in Halifax had a knack for mixing the two different art forms together and this exhibition is no exception. Lewis' work is focused on expressions and wonder in the face, adding complexity and intimacy to the pieces. The paintings come alive with the facial expressions of the subjects, particularly the eyes. The "Blue Tattooed Woman" showcases Lewis' talent with gorgeous, striking eyes from the woman. Lewis mixes media, using burlap sacks as canvases for "French Prisoners." "Looking Back" haunts, featuring shadowy faces lurking in the background as a man and woman stare in surprise. For a truly scary scene, gaze at the eyes of the sinister man in "Mugshot Goya," a superb painting with great use of colour and shadows. Meanwhile, the wood carvings add character to the exhibition with their impeccable detail. "Dog Head" is a black, aggressive majestic animal. The three-dimensional faces in "Figureheads" and "Tiki" are standouts along with the stoic figures of "Guardians 1 and 2". Examine "Skull", a slightly larger than normal skull with markings and cracks. It's creepy and awesome. —Julie Sobowale

Michael Lewis: Recent Work: Canvas and Wood
To December 6
Parentheses Gallery, 2168 Gottingen Street

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