Friday, February 01, 2013

Larry Lewis Collages




 
I recently ran across the collages of Larry Lewis (1919-2004).  I love the vibrant colors.  "He was a reclusive and unassuming man, but his books took on another life. He hand inked and painted brilliantly colored pages of ledger books and then created collages from photocopies of collected Victorian ephemera, images of movie stars from the 1920's and 30's and newspaper ads for elixirs, potions and ways to flatten face wrinkles, address sagging waistlines, pinch back big ears and remedy bodies that needed to be fortified and beautified. Each page and spread was composed as a painting unto itself. When the ledger book format became too confining for Larry to work in he made larger books by hand. We are told by Sharyn Prentiss Laughton, his niece and heir to the art work, that Larry never finished any of his books, but rather worked random haphazardly through each one and showed them to the best of her knowledge only to Sharyn. The totality of Larry's work was discovered after he died." (Larry Lewis website).  

5 comments:

Crafty Dogma said...

These are great! I didn't know him before so thank you for featuring his work on your blog.

Scrapatorium said...

You're welcome! I thought they were great too.

Wastedpapiers said...

Lovely find. They have a wonderful 60's "pop art" look to them!

Scrapatorium said...

They do and there is one that really reminds me of John Evans work. I wonder if they knew each other?

chadichado said...

C'est super beau!!!