Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Prints and Printmaking, 1 February – 30 April 2011;
Hastings, Jerwood Gallery, Century: 100 Modern British Artists, 23 October 2016 – 8 January 2017;
London, The Sammy Ofer Centre, London Business School, London|Forward Facing, 26 September 2017 – 18 July 2018
Wyndham Lewis co-founded the Vorticist movement, which focused on the machine age and all things modern. In a Vorticist work the viewer is drawn in by bold lines that reflect the dynamism of modern life. Lewis co-edited Blast, a seminal publication that is cited as one of the forerunners of the revolution in graphic design in the 1920s and 1930s. The Vorticist movement included many other artists as well as the poet, writer and critic Ezra Pound, who coined the name in 1913. Although prolific, Lewis sadly went blind in 1951 due to a malignant tumour and painted little after the war. Sir Noël Coward, featured here, was a playwright, composer, director, actor and singer. Lewis’ exhibition, Thirty Personalities and a Self-portrait in 1932, reinforced his reputation as an excellent draughtsman.