My Passion Projects
Discover the Art by Ty Lewis
Ty's new painting series “Validity" is simple and complex, easy and in your face at the same time. It celebrates and pays homage to black men… living. Validity is about the everyday hard working and often forgotten brotha, homie, gentleman and scholar. It's about being my brother's keeper and a hug from mom and a kiss from your lady. It's about the allowance of strength and vulnerability. Validity is about every black man being worthy of life and all its shades of brown. Validity speaks for the voiceless, those aliveand those that have gone on without their concerns perfected.
With the #BlackLivesMatter movement seemingly fading and a numbing, normalized reality that black men remain targeted through police brutality, Validity is a reminder. Through vibrant shades of brown and strategic composition we feel who and what has been affected, friendship, family and community.
Kiss It Up To God
Kiss it up to God” is a phrase I’d hear from time to time as a rambunctious youth. In between mud pies and a game of hid and seek you were bound to drop your midday snack. “Kiss it up to God,” your friend would shout and so you did. You would pucker up and kiss your chocolate chip cookie and lift it high in the sky. Raising it high meant God could reach it…wash it and make it good enough to eat again. If it could only be that simple to the adult mind, right? Could we actually kiss our regrets up to God? What about our failures? How about all those who have hurt us or our sin? Could God wash us and make us good again? Psalms 55:22(NLT) tells us to “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. 1 John 1:9 says “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” The word of God tells us the answer to our questions is a resounding, YES! He can reach us. He can cleanse us. All it takes is the willingness to confess and the work of giving it all to Him. This anthology is an honest exploration of one’s journey through refinement. Confessions & rebukes meet dreams & forgiveness in rhythm & rhyme. These poems are divided into eight relatable chapters as tangible as a chocolate-chip cookie at midday. Certainly, life will mix in heartache and pain with your joy. Yet, what a delight it is to know that we can kiss it up to God. His unconditional love will perfect that which concerns us. It’s a simple concept out of the mouth of babes. Atlas, with a little imagination and faith, it still works.
Jazz From The Tares
At the core of the original play Jazz from the Tares written by Ty Lewis; is the Christian faith. This is a coming of age story of four estranged brothers. Their father, Timothy Sr. has recently died from a terminal illness. Naturally, the brothers come together to pay their last respects to their father. As the tears dry; pain, secrets and regrets unfold in the most soul stirring way. Taking place in their childhood family room the brother are forced to acknowledge the memories of addiction, identity, complacency and abuse that are literally written on the walls. The brothers relive some of their course altering moments with each other, their father and their mother figure “Aunt Angie” through revealing flash backs right before the audience. It is an uphill climb to forgiveness and restoration. However, the evidence of their father’s determination to raise “kings” and the light of Christ that glimmers in every tear and burst of laughter suspends our unbelief. This story promotes the “love” of Christ in a modern, real world way. The brothers establish an open door for hard-hitting conversation and reconciliation amongst families and friends and all are welcomed to sit at the table.