After moving to London with a scholarship, Lewis dropped off art school to go to Paris and experimenting in Cubist and Expressionist style. Back in London he started to develop his own style, using abstract geometric forms to represent modern development and urban architecture. In 1914 he founded Blast, which became the manifesto of Vorticism. He worked on painting and writing in parallel. He wrote The Art of Being Ruled, The Lion and the Fox and The Apes of God, a satirical novel. Despite his artistic style reached its peak, his political orientation got him isolated. He moved to US and Canada. After WWII, back to the UK, he worked as art critic and wrote several articles for The Listener.