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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-size bronze of the Sachem Iyanough on Main Street, Hyannis, leading galleries and private collectors from Arizona to Ireland to the Greek Islands have begun to acquire Lewis’ limited edition bronzes.
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; a seven foot stainless steel and marble sculpture of abstract sails, ‘See How She Schoons,’ at the entrance to the Mugar Wing of the Cape Cod Hospital; a contemplative fireman outside the COMM fire station; a Woods Hole statue of Rachel Carson, award-winning scientist and author; and a life-size statue “The Fisherman” placed along Cape Cod Canal.
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 sculptures, ‘Busy Days’ and “Days Remembered,” which on auction raised 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.”