Martin Lewis was an Australian/American printmaker, illustrator and painter active in the first half of the 20th century.
He is known primarily for his etchings of wonderfully evocative scenes of urban life, often focusing on the effects of artificial light in nighttime scenes.
In much of his work, shadows and areas absent of light play a role as important as objects and areas of light. The balance and play between them give his compositions a dynamic and visceral feeling of atmosphere and place.
Among his friends was Edward Hopper, who asked Lewis to teach him the fundamentals of etching.
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