David Lewis was born and raised
on Cape Cod, and pursued many paths - carpentry, sailing, plumbing, fishing - until,
listening to an echo from his childhood, he found himself with a chisel in his
hand and an unfinished block of wood before him. Since that day, there has been no
other path. Moving from intricate wood carvings to bronze, Lewis quickly developed
both a style and a following that takes most artists decades to establish.
Thanks to a succession of high-profile
public commissions - including the life-sized bronze of the sachem Iyanough on Main
Street, Hyannis which each year draws thousands of tourists to see this powerful tribute
to the town's Native American namesake - leading galleries and private collectors from
Arizona to Ireland to the Greek Islands have begun to acquire Lewis' limited edition
Other public works include
brother and sister James Otis, Jr., and Mercy Otis Warren (Revolutionary
patriots) in front of the Barnstable
Superior Courthouse; a statue of President John F. Kennedy in front of the
JFK museum on Main Street, Hyannis; and a seven foot stainless steel and marble sculpture
of abstract sails, 'See How She Schoons,' at the entrance to the Cape Cod Healthcare Mugar
Wing of the Cape Cod Hospital.
In addition to public monuments,
Lewis is often commissioned by smaller organizations and individuals. One such commission
by the Joe Cronin Memorial Committee resulted in the bronze sculpture, 'Busy Days',
which on auction raises thousands of dollars annually for the Jimmy Fund.
Whatever the subject, Lewis'
sculptures are always works of grace and simplicity, spirituality and integrity. Lewis
believes the spiritual drive is the force behind creativity. "I believe," says
Lewis, "in stretching my creativity to a place just beyond my reach - therein lies
the magic. When I am in that special place, I believe I come close to my creator."