Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum’s exhibition of work by locally based artist Simon Lewty will run from 29 April – 10 July 2016. This will be a survey exhibition of the artist’s practice which will cover almost half a century of work.

On Thursday 28 April between 6-7.30pm, there will be an opportunity to preview The SIGNificance of Writing at a private view. Speeches will begin at 6.30pm; this is a free, drop in event.
Simon Lewty is a nationally renowned artist who was born in Sutton Coldfield and now lives and works in Royal Leamington Spa. His work combines evocative images with text generated from his imagination and dreams. The exhibition The SIGNificance of Writing will include early works by Lewty dating back to the 1970s, spanning almost 50 years, which will be displayed alongside work recently produced by the artist.

The exhibition will feature the fantastical artwork The Men Who Lie in the Road from Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum’s collection, as well as works on loan from both London contemporary art gallery – Art First and Lewty’s own private collection. Lewty describes The Men Who Lie in the Road as a compendium of his work, as it represents all the ideas and images that re-emerge in much of his art. This piece depicts Old Milverton, near Leamington Spa, and explores Lewty’s fascination with the hamlet and the local landscape.

To mark the opening of this exhibition, there will be a free Friday Focus Extra talk given by freelance curator and lecturer, Brendan Flynn. This talk will take place at 1pm on Friday 29 April. Brendan will be discussing Simon Lewty’s artistic practice.

Simon Lewty: The SIGNificance of Writing will run at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum from 29 April – 10 July 2016.