As much as artist Leslie Lew loves red shoes, she desired to connect with VIP collectors in Dallas using more appropriate footwear.
The result was her special “Cowboy Boot 3-D” work of art that, once unveiled, brought on a stampede of bids.
“I had never seen such a reaction,” Lew says. “It seemed like everyone was so touched that I had created something that related so strongly to Dallas.”
Prior to attending the Park West Gallery VIP event in Dallas April 6–9, Lew wanted to create something special for the event that would celebrate the culture and history of Texas.
“At first, I thought about maybe a John Wayne poster, a Texas Scene, a cowboy theme. None seemed that inspiring until my husband suggested, ‘Why not do a cowboy boot?’” Lew says.
Lew researched images of cowboy boots and was impressed by the beauty of their intricate stitching and details. She took cues from these boots to create one of her signature sculpted oils works, titled “Cowboy Boot 3-D.” The three-dimensional boot features a spur, a cowboy on horseback, and a lasso.
Collectors showed their appreciation through a bidding war to own “Cowboy Boot 3-D” and its monotype counterpart. Lew says the amazing reaction has inspired her to consider special paintings or sculptural images that directly relate to the people and places she visits.
Lew’s art continues the tradition of Pop artists who communicate meaning through everyday items. Andy Warhol famously did so with Campbell’s soup cans, Claes Oldenburg sculpted his controversial “Floor Burger” hamburger, and Roy Lichtenstein created his famous “Hot Dog” images.
“The general theme in all of my work is channeling our memories of growing up in America, our culture, good and bad, and recording our history in America through my paintings,” Lew says.