• Pods
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 72" x 60"
    • Flaneur 1
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 54" x 48"
    • Uplift
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 44" x 44"
    • Cup
    • Charcoal on Board
    • 25.5" x 21"
    • Structure 2
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 54" x 48"
    • Loud Music
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 44" x 44"
    • Untitled (Red Lot)
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 54" x 48"
    • View
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 54" x 48"
    • Structure 5
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 60" x 48"
    • Structure 7
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • SOLD
    • Structure 4
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 60" x 48"
    • Intersection
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 44" x 44"
    • SOLD
    • Parts
    • Charcoal on Board
    • 30" x 30"
    • Untitled 20
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 44" x 44"
    • Stripper 2
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 54" x 54"
    • Stripper 1
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 54" x 54"
    • Flaneur 1
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 54" x 48"
    • Structure 10
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 54" x 48"
    • Untitled
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 48" 54"
    • SOLD
    • Untitled
    • Oil on Panel
    • 21" x 21"
    • Hawaii
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 44" x 44"
    • Mint Plan
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 21" x 21"

Artist Statement

My paintings begin with visual ideas inspired by my daily experiences, often architecture or landscape. This can be color, shadows, scale or something as mundane as the shape of a sidewalk repair or graffiti overpaint. Working with oil on canvas or small gouaches on board that I use as studies, the paintings are built up layer upon layer. I frequently use charcoal or colored pencils to break up the images and add boundaries. Geometric forms appear, are painted over and reappear until the final composition is reached.  I develop each work as an individual statement but often common themes appear which have personal meaning and resonance for me.

Artist Bio

Lewis McInnis was born in Washington, D.C. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona. For a time during his lengthy career as an artist, McInnis was Assistant Curator at the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute. He currently lives and works in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Selected Exhibitions

2016  Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO

2015 “Beyond the Plane”, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2015 “Lewis McInnis, Paintings”, Community Creative Center, Solo Show, Fort Collins, CO

2014-15 “12 Inches of Christmas”, Space Gallery Group Show, Denver, CO

2014 Grand opening of new Space Gallery, Denver CO

2013 “Structural Leanings”, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2013 “30 Squared”, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2013 “Perception: Color | Line | Pattern”, Arvada Center, Arvada, CO

2013 “Art of the State” group show, Arvada Center, Arvada, CO

2012 “Paperworks” group show, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2012 “Retrospective 11 Year Anniversary”, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2011 “Deregulation/Dissection”, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2010 Group show, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2011 Opening and group show, Four Seasons Hotel, Denver, CO

2009 McDonald Douglas, Lobby Commissions, Denver, CO

2009 “Colorado Abstract: Paintings and Sculpture”, CCAC, Denver, CO

2008 Rocky Mountain Biennial – Award winner, Denver, CO

2008 Opening, Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO

2007 “3 in 1”, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2006 “Breakdown”, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2006 Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO

2006 Denver Office of Cultural Affairs Hyatt Regency/Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

2005 Andenken Gallery, Denver, CO

2005 Group show, St. Julien Hotel, Boulder, CO

2005 Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2004 Group show, St. Julien Hotel, Boulder, CO

2004 Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2003 Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2002 Rocky Mountain Biennial, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art

2002 Studio tour, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO

2002 Pirate Gallery, Denver, CO

1996 From 1983 continuing exhibits, Jessel Gallery, Napa Valley, CA

1994 “Paintings at the Doocot”, Edinburgh, Scotland

1993 Head Royce School, Oakland, CA

1990 J.Noblet, Sonoma, CA

1987 0-1 Gallery, Hollywood, CA

reviews

DENVER POST July 12, 2002 Kyle MacMillan (regarding the 7 state biennial exhibit)

“Indeed very little work in any form in this exhibition pushes the bounds of contemporary art. One that comes closest is “Number 18,” a conceptually progressive oil painting by Lewis McInnis of Fort Collins that chronicles a lonely road trip at night.”

“The compelling composition is divided into a grid with nine rectangles, each containing a sepia-tone depiction of a deserted entrance of a faceless business in some unidentified small town.” Across each of these rectangles in white lettering art short phrases which together form a kind of oddly poetic, stream-of-consciousness diary: “Crazy cowboys drunk,” “Followed me 50 miles,” “Middle of night,” “Vacancy!,” “Motel room” and “Door won’t stay shut.”

WESTWORD Art Beat May 8, 2008 Michael Paglia

“Opposite the Burnetts is Lewis McInnis, featuring some choice geometric abstracts by this Fort Collins-based painter.”… “Paintings of this sort could tend toward the decorative, but McInnis introduces a tension between the hard edges and the soft colors that delivers a more complex character as opposed to simply looking pretty.”

WESTWORD Art Beat May 14-20, 2009 Michael Paglia

“There’s a very handsome set of three interconnected shows at Space Gallery… McInnis is interested in patterns and his compositions are based on a geometric organization. But he smudges the paint so that the margins are soft, as is the underlying drawing. These characteristics are seen in “Uplift”. The paintings are extremely elegant partly because of these organizational patterns and partly because of the artist’s inspired and sensitive color choices.”

WESTWORD Art Beat Nov. 18, 2010 Michael Paglia

“…Last but hardly least is Lewis McInnis, who’s represented by more than half a dozen gouaches that are absolutely fabulous. They are dense little gems covered in spontaneous markings. I think of McInnis as being one of the top abstract painters around today, and these drawings prove it.”

DENVER MAGAZINE Aug. 2010

“Art for all Seasons” 2 page illustrated article regarding work selected for Four Seasons Hotel.