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Dylan Lewis: Wild Animals and Wild Areas are the Most Elegant Subjects for Art

Dylan LewisDiane de Beer recently wrote an article for Tonight about the artist Dylan Lewis and his recently launched book, Dylan Lewis: An Untamed Force.

This publication builds on an earlier book, bringing the photographic record of Lewis’ work up to date. The brief introductory text reveals how the sculptor’s boyhood in a happily bohemian, nature-loving and creative family inspired him, and traces his artistic development from what have come to be known as ‘the cat years’ to his current, more esoteric and mythical approach.

This beautifully presented book showcases some of Lewis’ most ambitious and successful works in a series of dramatic photographs, and includes images of preliminary sketches and working methods.

In the article, co-author Ian McCallum speaks about what it is that makes Dylan Thomas’ art so evocative and why he chooses wildlife as the subject of his sculptures.

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“For him,” writes Ian McCallum, “wild animals and the wild areas in which they live are far more than elegant subjects of art: they are an essential part of human identity.”

Lewis believes, says McCallum who is a doctor, a Jungian psychologist, author, wilderness guide and founder of the Wilderness Leadership School in the Cape, that wildness isn’t just out there, it is inside all of us.

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