His father was the acclaimed sculptor of birds, Robin Lewis, and he came from a family of artists, yet Dylan Lewis still failed fine art in his first year of studying. So he took a career detour and become a taxidermist at the Rondevlei Nature Reserve, though he did pick up a few part-time painting classes along the way. It was only after his father passed away in 1988 that he began to find his feet in sculpture. He says he found refuge and meaning in nature.

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