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Artist Tony Lewis Shares His Favorite Things

The SAIC alum loves David Leggett paintings, Coach messenger bags, and Calvin and Hobbes.

Photos: (graphite powder) istockphoto; (juicer) courtesy of vendor; (all others) Anna Knott

Tony Lewis finished his master’s at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago just two years ago, but the 28-year-old Cleveland native has had more success than many twice his age. Last year his work was featured in the Whitney Biennial, and this year his schedule is jam-packed with, among other things, a solo show at the new Shane Campbell Gallery in the South Loop and a group show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. His often large-scale drawings appear abstract and spare, speaking to issues such as language, identity, and the sensibilities of racism, and his source material is text based. Similarly, his walkup apartment in Pilsen is minimalist but well stocked with items that are part of his creative process. Take a look at some of his favorite things.

Vintage Coach Messenger Bag

Vintage Coach Messenger Bag

($35 for similar style, Solid State Goods, 1710 S. Ashland Ave.)
“Perfect for travel.”

 

Painting by David Leggett

Painting by David Leggett

“Outrageous composition: a small painting that packs a formal punch.”

 

Adelphi Single-Malt Scotch Whisky

Adelphi Single-Malt Scotch Whisky

($150, binnys.com)
“Makes the best Rob Roy I’ve ever had.”

 

‘The Complete Calvin and Hobbes’ by Bill Watterson

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

($100, Barnes & Noble, 1130 N. State St.)
“My childhood’s literary and artistic savior.”

 

Adriano Goldschmied Jeans

Adriano Goldschmied Jeans

($180, trunkclub.com)
“Nothing fits me better.”

 

Breville Juicer

Breville Juicer

($150, Bed Bath & Beyond, 530 N. State St.)
“Yeah, I like to feel healthy sometimes.”

 

Artwork by Magalie Guerin

Artwork by Magalie Guerin

“There’s a constant struggle between figuration and abstraction [in her art] that I’ve always admired.”

 

Dixon Graphite Powder

Dixon Graphite Powder

($16 for a one-pound can, graphitestore.com)
“Fun to play with in the studio.”

 

Vintage Anti-Monopoly Board Game

Vintage Anti-Monopoly Board Game

(antimonopoly.com)
“Keeps me aware of reality when I play regular Monopoly.”

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