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Walking Cheetah II

Walking Cheetah II exhibits a marked angularity in its surface textures that suggests the hard-edged menace of the predator. This further abstraction of texture is typical of Lewis's later work and is not seen in his earlier sculptures, such as Walking Leopard at Burgher House. Deeply incised, it also features the artist's hand prints as part of its composition. Hand prints are a timeless human marker that date back to prehistoric rock painting, and also further the tactile quality of sculpture as an art form. Leaving these prints has become something of a Dylan Lewis signature, and gives the work an immediacy and a freshness while introducing the human element. Here they are invitations to viewers to engage directly in a hands-on way.