Arthur Lewis’s art collection predominantly revolves around artists of color, a deliberate choice driven by his profound connection to their narratives, often overshadowed by historical marginalization. Reflecting on his journey, he acknowledges that, at times, he felt overlooked or not recognized as a serious collector. However, he perceives a shifting landscape in the art world, notably accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has dismantled conventional barriers, paving the way for a more inclusive embrace of new art enthusiasts.
Arthur Lewis, the creative director at United Talent Agency, fondly expresses, “Art has always been my passion—a lifelong journey that keeps me engaged with the world, nurturing the unquenchable curiosity of a child.” This artistic odyssey, spanning over three decades, commenced with the purchase of his inaugural piece at a PBS auction for a modest $75.
In addition to his art advocacy, Arthur Lewis actively contributes to the art community by serving on the National Advisory Committee for the New Orleans African American Museum and as a dedicated member of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Chairman’s Circle. His commitment extends beyond acquisition; he believes in fostering meaningful relationships with artists, providing them with support through art purchases.
Among the cherished gems in Lewis’s collection, two stand out: Lorna Simpson’s evocative “Night Dreams” (2020) and Titus Kaphar’s compelling painting “Enough About You” (2016). Lewis recognizes that a diverse array of emerging voices now emerges through various avenues, enriching the perspective and expanding the reach of artistic practices. As he aptly puts it, “New voices are emerging from many different channels, and I think it is broadening the perspective and reach of their practices.””