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Bill Lewis was one of the founder members of the first Stuckist group in 1999 and has featured in all the major show. He had previously been a collaborator with other core Stuckists since 1979, when he was a member (and the namer) of the Medway Poets group. He also writes fiction. He has a strong interest in, and knowledge of, mythology, particularly that of Latin America. This is evident in his work. He lives in Chatham, Kent, with his wife Ann.

Bill Lewis's paintings are the result of an intensive process, which can involve much reworking with the aim of plumbing unconscious depths until the result feels right. It may nevertheless not be rationally apparent to him why certain features of the the image are present, and the implications may not be apparent to him for a long time afterwards. It is necessary to look at his work in the same way. Symbols take on a different significance and relationship, depending on the viewer's own state of mind. Recurrent symbols, such as a dog or fox, suggest a knowing presence that exists as a detached element within the scene. There is also a fascination with gender identity and ambiguity.

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Bill Lewis from the DVD Stuckism: It's a Dirty Job

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