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John Scott Lewinski

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John Scott Lewinski is a visual artist and painter working under a pseudonym to separate his artistic work from his career as a journalist, author and screenwriter.

As a writer, Lewinski hustles around the world, writing for more than 30 international magazines and news sites. He covers lifestyle, travel, cars, motorcycles, technology, golf, liquor, fashion and other related topics.

Along the way, he chased tornados across five states; drove an amateur stage of the Baja 500; lived like Neolithic man off the Orkney Islands; raised a replica of the Star Spangled banner over Fort McHenry for its 200th anniversary; raced a Corvette Stingray to the 2015 MLB All-Star Game; pulled lobster pots in the Atlantic off the Isle of Scilly; won a Dabbawala race through Mumbai; flew a plane over Los Angeles; blended his own Scotch outside Glasgow; attended cowboy school in Montana; remotely piloted a $65 million lunar lander; competed in a rally race through Lithuania; controlled the Fountains at the Bellagio; chased America's Cup boats through the waters off Bermuda; blew his own glass in Colorado; drove the car that won the Dakar Rally through Death Valley; hunted black bears in Tennessee; played in a cross-country golf tournament in France and served as keeper for a day at the London Zoo.

Lewinski covered the 2012 Summer Olympics in London for multiple outlets. He toured Cape Town and wrote a five article print spread on that country's film industry. He visited Rome to write an assassin's history of The Eternal City; the Isle of Man to experience the TT; Las Vegas to tackle the Consumer Electronics Show and Daytona (for The 500 and Bike Week).

In 2013, he completed a world tour covering the travel and motoring story of Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary. Along the way, he visited celebratory rallies from New Zealand to Germany, South Africa to Italy. That coverage won the Excellence in Craft Award from the Texas Automotive Writers Association.

His publications include Time, BBC Travel, Esquire, The Atlantic, Playboy, Fortune, Marie Claire, Travel + Leisure, Hemispheres, Rhapsody, Modern Luxury, Robb Report, Men's Health, American Way, Women's Health, Men's Book, Prevention, The Advocate, Thrillist, Trusted Reviews, Slate, AAA's Via, Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, CNET, Popular Science, Business Day, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and ABC News Online. He enjoyed interviewing Jack Nicklaus, William Shatner, Danica Patrick, Liam Neeson, Dwight Howard, Jeff Bridges, DeMarcus Ware, James Cameron, Marc Ecko, Jimmie Johnson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Al Michaels and The Stig.

In 2012, he became the automotive editor for freelance outlets, traveling to vehicle rollouts for Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Lexus, Ford, Toyota, Mazda, Harley-Davidson, Yamaha, Star and Ducati. He turned laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Road America, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Atlanta Motorsports Park, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NOLA Motorsports Park and Circuit of the Americas. He rode motorcycles from Miami to Key West, San Diego to Monterey and Bologna to Tuscany. Finally, he trained in rally racing with the Dirtfish School and track driving with the Skip Barber Racing School, Jaguar Performance Driving Academy and the Bondurant Racing School.

His book, Alone in a Room, is now available at bookstores and as an ebook via iTunes. He also cowrote the inspiring 2009 non-fiction sports title, A Saint in the City from Tate Publishing.

Lewinski served as a guest lecturer at the University of Notre Dame and Marquette University. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Communication Arts from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and a B.A. in Journalism from Marquette. He completed his study of English Literature at Exeter College, University of Oxford, UK.

artist statement

His visual art aspires toward constant creativity -- to enjoy the act of creating for its own sake -- to create without asking why. He makes art with enthusiasm and gratitude, welcoming any statement of meaning or significance from the viewer. As a viewer himself, he finds something to enjoy in everyone's work. Lewinski hopes everyone enjoys the finished products as he plows ahead with intent and without pretense.

He works on canvas, wood or metal. He works in two and three dimensions with oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, pencil, latex, oil pastel, adhesives, Flex Seal and spray foam. In an era when it seems "it's all been done," he hopes for something as of yet undone and unseen.