Sir Patrick Stewart, Rory Lewis Photographer 2018 (Portraitist) Exhibition

1st August 2018 – 25th September 2018


WEX Photographic Gallery, 37-39 Commercial Road
London, E1 1LF



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Rory Lewis is a dedicated portraitist who has spent over a decade on a quest to capture many of the world’s most recognised faces. Sittings have included the likes of William Shatner, Sir John Major, Sir Derek Jacobi, Iain Glen, Rufus Sewell, Natalie Dormer to name a few. Several iconic portraits of Rory’s have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London. Rory’s portraits have been exhibited on both sides of the Atlantic.


The most recent project complete by Rory is entitled ‘Soldiery’. This immense project, taking two full years to finish, has been hailed a national success story. The scope of Soldiery was both broad and deep: documenting the British Army of the 21st century. The exhibition was named by the BBC as ‘The Changing Face of the British Army’.


Rory breaks the mould of typical risk-averse portraiture which is commissioned within the media industry. Dynamically challenging the established norm and instead injecting moments of spontaneity, and even awkwardness, in to his imagery he successfully shuns the aggrandising and sycophantic result typically seen in portraits of the famous. Rory’s aim is to strip back the artificial layers of staid portraiture and replace it with strangeness and a sense of quiet.

Actor Tony Amendola (Rory Lewis 2018)

Excitedly, for the first time Rory will be exhibiting a new project comprised of vivid and thought-provoking portraits at the WEX Photographic Gallery in London. This show is being launched as Rory’s debut sale show enabling individuals to acquire limited edition prints of new quintessential iconic portraits.


There will be the opportunity to see a collection which features a fantastic range of subjects. This includes stars of the stage and screen such as Tobias Menzies, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Ciarán Hinds and Tobias Menzies and more. Also included are political figures such as former Prime Minister David Cameron and members of the Royal Family such as Prince Michael of Kent.


Rory divides his time between London and Los Angeles working with a wide variety of clients. In addition to his projects and private portraits, his photography has been commissioned by Pepsi, Universal, The British Army, The Times, The Guardian and Cancer Research UK among others.


Rory draws immense inspiration not from previous photographers, but from the Masters of Art including Hans Holbein the Younger, Titian, Caravaggio and Jusepe de Ribera. The result is an exciting and fascinating new collection.

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