Mark E.W. Lewis has now been a self-employed self-taught muralist for 30 years and has initiated and painted some of the most popular public art murals around Portsmouth, England. Other commissions have taken him to many other places around the south coast and further afield including France, Egypt, Thailand, India, and Brazil. Mark has built up the reputation of being one of the leading community muralists on the south coast, whilst passionately teaching and training hundreds of new artists the tricks of the trade.
Mark initiated / fundraised and designed the famous Strand Map Mural in Southsea first in 1997 and subsequently painted again in 2010 due to damage to the walls render.
The design idea came from Mark living just up the road and always seeing lost tourists standing at the 5 road roundabout looking at their maps wondering where they are. Whilst employing local artists and training others on this project he also involved another 100 people from the local area or passing by or even tourists visiting the city to lend a hand on various workshops along the lower level over the years.