East meeting West can spark exciting results, like the millions of Japanese who play baseball, or the millions of Americans apparently training as sumo wrestlers. Seamlessly blending Orient and Occident: Tom Lewis.
An east-London native, Lewis meshes his own western influences (art both fine and street) with Japanese styles including manga and 17th C. woodcuts, producing colourful, multilayered illustrations via pencil, biro, paint, airbrush, varnish, computer, and some obscure, probably long-forgotten tool Lewis calls "fingers". The up-and-coming dauber makes his solo-show debut this Wednesday at the Maverik with "Megan in the Garden if Edo", a loose narrative starring a squat anime-style girl whose adventures take her to "The Shimmer Tree", and "The Mysterious Black Goo", which is weird, because the Goo Goo Dolls were definitely the whitest band ever. Previous works range from "The Legend of Ken'Aku Deep" (a geisha-type figure holding angular lightning bolts, with a bonsai tree protruding from her head), to "The Ascension of William P. Butterworth" (a balding man flying on neon wings), to several boldly-coloured, moodily ambient "Landscapes", with titles like "I'm Alive, and it's Raining in London" (well, at least one of those is certain).
There'll be works for sale at the show, but if you can't make that, his website's store is fairly loaded, with paintings, limited ed. giclee prints, and even three-quid greeting cards -- something else that can spark exciting results...just kidding, greeting cards are strictly for fat people.