Ann Lewis aka GILF is one of New York City`s most recognized conceptual activist artists currently based in Brooklyn. She creates public and gallery work that evoke thoughtfulness, while simultaneously motivating progressive change within communities.
In early 2014 the artist garnered national media attention when she installed an oversized police tape banner that read ‘GENTRIFICATION IN PROGRESS’ at the former graffiti mecca 5 Pointz in Queens, New York. In the fall of 2015 she was asked by the Obama administration to exhibit her work at the White House to discuss equality and mass incarceration.
Since receiving her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin Madison, her work has been reviewed in Blouin Art Info, New York Magazine, Brooklyn Street Art, Salon, Le Monde, and The New York Times, among others. She has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the US and abroad including shows at The Hole in New York, Seyhoun Gallery in Tehran, Iran, and Known Gallery in Los Angeles. Through her participatory performance events, murals, un-commissioned street work, gallery installations, and curatorial projects she continues her dialog of mindful and constructive evolution.