While exhibiting in London in 1934 as a young Australian sculptor Gerald Lewers was described as a pioneer, an artist “destined to become a powerful influence in the cause of modernism in Australia.”
Peter Pinson, author and academic, confirms this prediction in his book GERALD LEWERS SCULPTOR. Tracing the challenges and opportunities experienced by Lewers, Pinson brings alive the period in which he worked and his recognition as a sculptor dedicated to the use of natural materials. The qualities of drama and movement that characterised small and large works are illustrated in more than 40 black and white and coloured images. In addition, reference is made to the Lewers legacy – the Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest where Gerald and his wife, abstract expressionist painter Margo, created a unique modernist domestic environment including buildings, garden and art collection.
According to Ken Scarlett’s review (Art Monthly, April 2017), “Peter Pinson has written with convincing authority and engaging clarity on this Australian artist”. Scarlett himself focuses on a series of works entitled ‘Flight of Birds’ highlighting the skill with which Lewers explored both “the exhilarating movement of birds” and “the linear strength of wood with works that defied gravity”… “The book is immensely readable and brings alive the period and milieu within which Gerald and Margo Lewers lived.”