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Untitled acrylic, oil, enamel on jute painting by artist Spencer Lewis

Untitled, 2020-2021

Oil, enamel and acrylic on jute

94 x 68 inches (238.8 x 172.7 cm)

© Spencer Lewis; Photo by Ruben Diaz; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

Multi-media painter splashes large canvas in small new space

It’s impossible for art critics – at least for badly educated, unimaginative art critics – to view large format drip-based chaos paintings and not compare them to Jackson Pollock. But that type of facile Morley Safer-style “any monkey could make a painting like this” reaction instantly evaporates when confronted by the power of an inspired abstract artist.

Spencer Lewis, a young 40-something artist currently on display at Harper’s Gallery, is just such an artist.

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