from Salina Journal, Feb 3, 2017 Don’t call Mike Lyon a digital artist. Although the Kansas City, Mo.-based artist does work with traditional art materials and techniques of printmaking and graphic design, he has developed a way to create original work through the use of automated machine tools and digital technology from the realm of […]
g&e Grabado Y Edicion Print and Art Edition Magazine, No. 36, December, 2012 Processes: Mokuhanga Sosaku Hanga: Creative Prints by April Vollmer Sosaku hanga is usually translated as creative prints, and is used to describe Japanese printmakers during the first half of the 20th century who cut and printed their own blocks. Within Japan the […]
The question of how to organize the visual and conceptual data that accrete as a portrait of a person is fundamental to Lyon’s work. While he answers the query technologically, he also answers it psychically. Each portrait coalesces identity into an ambitious exchange between sitter, artist and viewer.
Kansas City printmaker Mike Lyon has established himself as a master of techniques by embracing technology to produce striking, larger-than-life portraits of people and nature.
The tools Lyon employs to create his delicate and beautiful images are reductive digital photography, skillful use of computers and automated inventions of his own design. Lyon’s finely made works on paper consist of rhythmic meandering lines and patterns, that refine and merge Eastern and Western artistic traditions in innovative and mindful methods to construct a body of work that is provocative and powerful and seems entirely new.
I usually visit Santa Barbara, California two or three times a year to attend meetings and practices at Shotokan Ohshima Dojo. This year David Altman, one of my closest friends, and I traveled together to Santa Barbara for a special practice for our rank. One of the most personally interesting artists profiled in Paul Catanese and Angela […]
An accomplished artist and engineer, Lyon’s facility for investigating creative outcomes for new technologies pervades his endeavors. During his studies in the 1970s, exposure to computer-generated images such as Studies in Perception No. 1 by Leon Harmon and Ken Knowlton, as well as the processes used in the artwork of Chuck Close, had a great influence and still resonate with him today.
Personal Effects exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art March 23–October 12, 2012 This exhibition, drawn from works of art in the Kemper Museum’s permanent collection, explores the portrait and the still life as depictions of objects imbued with both personal meaning and wider cultural iconography. The memory of an activity stilled, a hint that someone […]
Daum exhibit shows the computer’s versatile role in modern art June 23, 2010 5:19 PM John Hansen The Sedalia Democrat An artist using a computer to create art is nothing new, yet they are always using it to push boundaries. At the Daum Museum’s “Virtual Media: Computer-aided Art from the Collection,” visitors can marvel at […]
Raechell Smith is chief curator and director of the Bloch Art Space at the Kansas City Art Institute. She wrote the following essay for the printed catalog of The Kansas City Collection, an eighteen month rotating exhibition of work by 15 artists selected from over 60 nominations. Mike Lyon earned a BA from the University […]