Simon Lewty

It is with great sadness that Art First announces Simon Lewty’s death, only days after his 80th Birthday. He had been unwell for over a year, and passed away peacefully. He dedicated his life to his art, to writing, drawing, reading, to pursuing the mysteries of dreams and the intangible, poetic passing of time. He leaves a rare legacy and will be sorely missed by friends and his fellow artists, for he was much loved and highly respected. Rest in Peace, dear, gentle, brilliant Simon.

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Simon Lewty with Ian Hunt during his 2016 exhibition at Art First, ‘Charting a Decade II - Simon Lewty & Will Maclean’   Simon Lewty, A Song in Day, 2002, acrylic ink on paper, 191 x 181 cm (detail)


1941 Born, Sutton Coldfield


Studied at Mid-Warwickshire School of Art


Studied at Hornsey College of Art


Lecturer at Mid-Warwickshire College of Further Education


Lives and works in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, and in Swanage, Dorset



The Self as a Stranger, monograph on the work of Simon Lewty, Black Dog Publishing Limited, London.

This is the first extensive monograph on the life and work of Simon Lewty, published to coincide with the opening exhibition of Art First’s new gallery. The detailed overview of Lewty’s work is brought together by a distinguished group of writers, including informative contributions from the artist himself.

Radio,Television, Film, Sound Recordings

1987 Holding Your Ground, Central Television, Birmingham


Maps for an Inner Landscape – The Work of Simon Lewty, film directed by Terry Bryan, Contrasts , Central Television


Third Ear, Interview with Timothy Hyman, BBC Radio 3 (20th March)


Sound recordings of the artist reading texts from his own work, Art First

2006-09 Artist's Lives, British Library Sound Archive (interviewed by Cathy Courtney)


Through the Surface – The Work of Simon Lewty, film directed by Tom Hudson, Art First