Locals can soon catch the art of Detroit painter Richard Lewis at Galerie Camille. The Midtown-based contemporary fine art gallery will debut Works In Progress, a solo exhibition featuring Lewis’ work, on Aug. 13.
“The show is called Works In Progress because I usually consider my paintings ongoing,” says Lewis in a press release. “I never have drastic changes in my work, but a deepening understanding, or simply a different perspective, that comes from having worked on something over time. The subjects are the people I paint, and are usually concerned with history, including family history, and politics.”
Born in Detroit in 1966, Lewis is a graduate of Cass Tech High School, College for Creative Studies, and Yale School of Art. After attending Yale, he lived in New York where he worked at a museum in Harlem. He returned to his hometown in 2002, teaching art locally at CCS and Marygrove College, and he received a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2011. His paintings mainly focus on portraits of daily life.
Galerie Camille invites the public to see the exhibit for the first time from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. The show runs through Sept. 11.
Following the opening of Works In Progress, Galerie Camille will debut a new mural project — called the GC Wall — on Aug. 14. As part of the project, the gallery is welcoming different artists to take over a space in its entry way every few months. First up is Detroit artist and musician Sarah Murphy, who created a mural called “Sacred Imagination” using metallic markers. An opening reception party for the mural will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. A closing reception will be held at the same time when the exhibit ends on Sept. 12.
Galerie Camille is located at 4130 Cass Ave. Visitors are required to wear masks if they are not vaccinated.
For more information, visit galeriecamille.com.