Kevin Lewis is the featured artist at the November exhibition at The Denis Collins Gallery on Custom House Quay. Kevin is well known to Wexford people as a very fine watercolour artist and as a man with a very serious interest in music.
Kevin Lewis is a self-taught artist who was born in Wexford in 1955. Although painting from an early age Kevin's main artistic endevours began after he attended Waterford College of Art and Design during the mid seventies.
working in watercolour and pen and ink mediums, his paintings feature mainly vestiges of urban and landscape interest inspired by the buildings and scenery of Wexford town and county. Over the years he has had five one-man exhibition with great success during the Opera Festival. Kevin has also participated in several group exhibitions at a variety of venues and his a paintings can be found in private collections from Britain and Germany to Japan and South Korea.
Kevin is a member of the South East Plein Air group and is also a member of Art in the Open, Wexford's annual Plein-air festival.
As well as his keen interest in painting Kevin has a life long interest in Opera living as he did in the shadow of the Theatre Royal. His site of his family home is now incorporated into the Wexford Opera House. Kevin is an Assistant Front-of-House Manager with Wexford Festival Opera, in 1967 at the age of eleven, he made his Festival stage debut as a pageboy in Rossini’s Otello. He joined the Festival Chorus in 1981 remaining involved until 1993. He has taken part in over twenty-five Festival productions.
In 1984 he published a book, Memories of Wexford Festival Opera, which was launched by the events founder, Dr. T.J.Walsh. His second book relating to this event, What the Doctor Ordered, was published by Nonsuch in 2008.
In 1969 he became a member of the Wexford Light Opera Society, with which group he sang both chorus and principal roles, scoring a personal triumph in 1980, by winning the Best Actor Award, for his portrayal of Jud Fry in the Society’s production of Oklahoma! at the Northern Ireland Festival of Light Opera in Bangor, Co.Down.
A lover of good music, he has been a member of Wexford Gramophone Society for over twenty years and has given many recitals to the group.
Kevin's latest exhibition of watercolours can be seen at The Denis Collins Gallery from 16th November until 1st December and the official opening by Brendan Howlin T.D., Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform , takes places on Sunday 18th November at 3.30pm and all are welcome to attend.
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