The Eccentric Art of Lewis Smith: Sketches

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These are a few of a series of sketches, mostly in ballpoint ink, on 9" by 12" off-white sketch paper. Many are two sided. They cover a wide range of images. They are faintly yellowed, and most have a pinhole on one side, from the original sketch pad. Lewis preferred to use recycled and imperfect materials in his art - it reflected the value he saw in everyday objects that others discarded.

Sketch by Lewis SmithThis is a framed drawing of four women wrestling by Lewis Smith. It is done in pencil, ink, and crayon on paper from a sketch pad. The paper has yellowed somewhat with age. The sketch pad was pierced through, so there is a small hole on the left edge, and also a small tear in the upper right corner. It is mounted in a green wooden frame with a sliver missing from the upper right. The sketch itself measures 11 3/4" wide by 8 3/4" high, and the frame is 14 3/4" by 11 3/4". It is from the last quarter of the 20th c. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: LS227.   Sketch by Lewis Smith ... In the frame.

Sketch by Lewis SmithThis is a framed drawing of two women wrestling by Lewis Smith. It is done in pencil, ink, and crayon on paper from a sketch pad. The paper has yellowed somewhat with age. There is some slight foxing, and the cover of the pad left a faint reddish area on the left side. The sketch pad was pierced through, so there is a small hole on the left edge, and also a small tear in the upper margin. It is mounted in a green wooden frame. The sketch itself measures 11 3/4" wide by 8 3/4" high, and the frame is 14 3/4" by 11 3/4". It is from the last quarter of the 20th c. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: LS229.   Sketch by Lewis Smith ... In the frame.

Sketch by Lewis Smith"Pattie and Dottie", a framed sketch by Lewis Smith. It is done in ballpoint ink on paper from a sketch pad. The paper has yellowed somewhat with age. The sketch pad was pierced through, so there is a small hole on the left edge, and also a faint crease in the lower right. It is mounted in a green wooden frame. The sketch itself measures 11 3/4" wide by 8 3/4" high, and the frame is 14 3/4" by 11 3/4". It is from the last quarter of the 20th c. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: LS226.   Sketch by Lewis Smith ... In the frame ... With a soda can for scale.

Note: the scanner gave these pictures some unevenness in color that these sketches do not have in person.

Women intertwinedWomen with fish
Two sided: Women intertwined ... Women with fish.
LS112: $250.00.

 

LS80 diner sketch LS81 diner sketch LS82 diner sketch

 

Next are some 2-panel diner sketches. These are each drawn in ballpoint pen on two separate sheets of sketch paper, and measure 9" high by 24" wide. They are very detailed, with humor and social observation. Please note that all the pieces are rectangular. They may look skewed because of camera angles. The color and darkness of the drawing is stronger than shown. The closest, but still not as strong, are in the biggest close-ups. The thumbnail picture below is a detail view showing only a portion of one drawing.

Lewis Smith diner drawingFree Telephone "All Newspapers 1¢". One half has a bonus drawing on the reverse. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: LS80.   Overall image ... Best closeup for color and detail ... Closeup of left half ... Closeup of right half ... Detail of drawing on reverse.

Lewis Smith diner drawingLegal Tender Lunch Room "Ice Cream on Saturdays". The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: LS81.   Overall image ... Best closeup for color and detail ... Closeup of left half ... Closeup of right half.

Lewis Smith diner drawingGibson House Crestline "Nickelodeons Up Stairs". The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: LS82.   Overall image ... Best closeup for color and detail ... Closeup of left half ... Closeup of right half.

Lewis Smith diner drawingEnon Valley Station "Red Onion Lunch House". The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: LS83.   Overall image ... Best closeup for color and detail ... Closeup of left half ... Closeup of right half.

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