Earl Bradley Lewis was born on December 16, 1956 in Philadelphia.  By the third grade he displayed artistic promise.  Inspired by two uncles who were artists, Lewis decided he wanted to follow in their footsteps. After finishing the sixth grade, he attended the Saturday morning Temple University School Art League run by his uncle. Under the tutelage of Clarence Wood, a noted painter in Philadelphia, Lewis began his formal art training. He remained in the program until his enrollment in the Temple University Tyler School of Art in 1975.


During his four years at Temple, Lewis majored in Graphic Design and Illustration along with Art Education. There he discovered his medium of preference, watercolor.  Upon graduation in 1979, Lewis went directly into teaching, along with freelancing in Graphic Design.  Between 1985 and 1986 he had completed a body of work which was exhibited in a downtown Philadelphia gallery. The show sold out and bought Lewis public recognition and critical acclaim. Lewis' work is now part of major private collections and is displayed in galleries throughout the United States.  In addition to his sold-out shows, Earl has gained considerable recognition for his illustrations, particularly his illustrations of children’s books. In 2003, he received the Coretta Scott King Award for “Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman.” The book, “Coming on Home Soon”, written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Earl, was awarded the Randolph Caldecott Honor, the most prestigious award in children’s literature. Lewis also recently completed ten watercolor illustrations for Maya Angelou’s autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”.  Most recently, EB illustrated the book, “Preaching to the Chickens”, about John Lewis' childhood. It's a gorgeous book for which EB won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book honor.  Currently, Lewis teaches illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a member of The Society of Illustrators in New York City.

The Wake
Daddy Speaks Love
Part of Life
Bedtime Story
Life Lessons
My Guide
Golden Sands
Little Mermaids
Blood Crop
Pounding Rice
Window to the Future
Sankofa Seeding
Seeding the Rice
The Deep
EB Lewis, Beachfront View, Kiawah
Deep Within, Kiawah
Red House Blues
Supper's Ready
Pearl and Chatham Streets
Denied the Right to Ride
What To Do
Jennings v. Third Ave. Railroad
Tucking Into Bed
A New Pet
Making Music
Reading Room
Harriet Tubman
I, Human (IH XII)
Mother and Child
I, Human (IH VII)
Cotton Tower
I, Human (IH III)
I, Human (IH V)
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