The Eccentric Art of Lewis Smith     1907 - 1998

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Lewis Smith began drawing when he was in his 60's. He was living alone, without electricity or telephone, in the woods of Ohio. He would draw at a table by the window from sunup to sundown. His art and writings express his unique worldview - one based on wide reading and understanding, but without the commonly accepted, daily social interactions most of us take for granted.

The words he chose for his writings are often a private shorthand for his way of seeing things. One has to try to "look through his eyes" as one reads to begin to realize the depths of feeling and understanding conveyed.

Most of his work falls into the categories below. Follow the links to see many more examples of each type.

LS149
Crayon and ballpoint on brown paper bags

 

LS168
Markers, crayon on white paper

 

LSC101 Crossing Big Sandy
Larger drawings on cardboard

 

Lewis Smith sketch
Ballpoint drawings on sketch paper

 

LSC137 Lunch
Diners drawn on cracker boxes
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Crum Alley
Wonderfully detailed alley scenes

 

Ls14
Drawings with animals

 

LS174
Fascinating, wide-ranging writings

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