We had the good fortune of connecting with Dion Lewis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dion, what are you inspired by?
My inspirations always come from my surroundings. Being that I’m from Harlem & born in Chicago, I came up around a lot of different characters and situations which assisted in shaping the man I am today. I truly gain the most inspiration through facing adversity and conquering those challenges. I wake up every morning being thankful for life, especially during these times which serves me the most inspiration because without health, I have no mental wealth. Africa serves as my most desirable inspiration as it is home in my spirit.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is reflective of real life situations and responsive to the times. My thought process is always to create the dialogue and carry conversation through the works. Even when it comes down to providing my opinion, I’m often “over analyzing” like a scientist of sorts structuring new formula. What sets me apart from others is substance and authenticity. I truly value time and how things age which is why my works will grow timeless as things continue to ascend. I’m most proud of self-discovery and always questioning things because I feel that’s what keeps this whole thing interesting. There’s so much that we don’t know so we have to never lose sight of wonder, but it’s okay to get lost sometimes. If it was easy, I wouldn’t attempt it because there’s real appreciation in failure & critical critique. During the pandemic I gained my certificate in contemporary art via The MoMA just sharpen all the tools in my mental shed. There’s no problem with taking the backseat and letting your mind run it’s course because it’s all about the journey not how you got there. I’m not a teacher or a preacher, but rather a reflection of trial and error which is what makes me successful in my doings. Keep going.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since the pandemic, I’ve been appreciating nature more than ever. I go hiking every now and again and always gain a new perspective each trip, Angeles Forrest started that for me. Narrowing down my favorite spots would really just be my home studio I call “maison de pure”, various bookstores (Arcana, Last bookstore etc..), anywhere by water, & just outside in general witnessing peculiar situations. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family and anyone whom supports my works is whom I’m dedicating my shout out to, especially if you’ve taken the time to gain a new perspective from me. Shoutout to my inpuristform team & the 8 (Lee, Shamar, Torrey, Brandon, Cranston, Runo and Myles).
Max Wonders (@maxwonders), Cranston Mills (@bonelocks), Brandon Dudley (@notsouglydudley aka lewundudski), Torrey Dudley (@dead2rrey), Theophilus London (@TheophilusLondon), Acyde (Prettyvacantcyde), Myles Hendrik (Myleshendrik), Jordan Diaz (jrrdan), @dntwatchtv, @inpuristform