Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” – Banksy

Jim Lewis

About Jim Lewis

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Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jim’s art career started in the 1970s on the subway cars of New York City as a young teenage graffiti artist. After a few years and a few arrests, Jim traded his spray cans and markers, for paintbrushes and canvas. He studied painting for several years and became a portrait artist.

Jim painted for a few years but was always searching for a new way to create his kind of art. His love of martial arts, combined with his passion for tattoos led him on a road of self-discovery.

By merging two art forms that date back centuries, Jim has created a very unique style of art. Japanese Engravings and tattoo art and design are the inspiration for Jim’s pen & ink pieces. By using a variety of needles in his pen, and liquid acrylic to engrave onto a cotton board, the patterns and textures came to life. This type of art can take anywhere from a few months up to a full year to complete just one-piece, depending on the size.

Jim’s pieces are visually stunning with high detail, meticulous precision, and explosive colors. He loves the challenge of a custom piece and he’s constantly in communication with his clients during the process. A project he is especially proud of is the commission he received from Grammy-nominated, Jazz musician, Charlie Wood, to design his album cover.

For the last 35 years, Jim has been living in Texas and creating beautiful pen & ink art.

Available Items by Jim Lewis

Jim Lewis Peacock 18×24 Pen and Ink Artwork

Description Jim Lewis Peacock 18×24 Pen and Ink Artwork The Story By the Artist The Peacock is such a beautiful bird. I mixed several inks to create brightly colored details. This piece took 5 months to complete.  Technique By using a variety of needles in his pen, and liquid acrylic

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koi fish pen and ink artwork

Jim Lewis Koi Fish 18×24 Pen and Ink Artwork

Description Jim Lewis Koi Fish 18×24 Pen and Ink Artwork The Story By the Artist I had read stories about Japanese Warriors battling monster-size Koi fish. I really enjoy the scales of the fish and the water as blue as cobalt. This piece took 5 months to complete. Technique By

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owl pen and ink artwork

Jim Lewis Owl 30×40 Pen and Ink Artwork

Description Jim Lewis Owl 30×40 Pen and Ink Artwork The Story By the Artist I love the organic feel of this piece. I combined some Art Deco features and used a very thin needle to get as much texture as possible. This piece makes me smile. it took 5 months

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frida portrait pen and ink artwork

Jim Lewis Frida Pen and Ink Artwork

15% Off Sale Now Through February 14th, 2022 Description Jim Lewis Frida 18×24 Pen and Ink Artwork The Story By the Artist I’ve always been an admirer of Frida and her work. I hadn’t done a portrait in years but felt compelled to honor Frida. This piece took 5 months

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Jim Lewis Stained Glass Bull Pen and Ink Artwork

Description Jim Lewis Stained Glass Bull 18×24 and Ink Artwork The Story By the Artist I love stained glass, the beautiful colors that it produces. This was challenging but very satisfying. This piece took 4 months to complete. Technique By using a variety of needles in his pen, and liquid

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pen and ink bull artwork

Jim Lewis Sunflower 18×24 Pen and Ink Artwork

Description Jim Lewis Sunflower 18×24 Pen and Ink Artwork The Story By the Artist I love the organic feel of this piece. I combined some Art Deco features and used a very thin needle to get as much texture as possible. This piece makes me smile. it took 5 months

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toucan tropical bird pen and ink art

Jim Lewis Toucan 24×36 Pen and Ink Artwork

Description Jim Lewis Toucan 24×36 Pen and Ink Artwork The Story By the Artist This piece takes me back to the Islands of the Caribbean. Love the colors and nature. I always feel like I’m on vacation with this piece. It took 10 months to complete. Technique By using a

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pen and ink artwork colorful dragons

Jim Lewis Zen Dragons 30×40 Pen and Ink Artwork

Description Jim Lewis Zen Dragons 30×40 Pen and Ink Artwork The Story By the Artist I am in awe of Japanese Dragons, and the color possibilities. This piece reminds me of my Martial Arts training and how important patience is in life. How true! This piece took 1 year to

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