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.
Rebecca Miller (director of the Pool Art Center Gallery) and I first met about twenty years ago while she was a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. I was teaching karate twice a week there and she was one of my better students. During the several years she practiced with me, we became good […]
For various reasons, very modest exhibition catalogues are sometimes worth noting in Print Quarterly. This is the case with Figuring it Out: Prints and Drawings by Mike Lyon (Manhattan, KS, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, 2009, 8 pp., 10 col. ills., free), which includes an essay by Bill North. For this photorealist printmaker has made use of his knowledge of computerized technology to create a series of digitally based colour woodcuts.
K-State Collegian Published: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 By Hannah Blick The emotion in Mike Lyon’s artwork is inspired by old Japanese prints. The shapes are determined by the contours of the faces of his closest friends, friendly strangers, and the outcome hinges on the mechanics of his latest digital tools. “Figuring it out: Prints and […]
Figuring it Out: Mike Lyon Drawings and Prints at the Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, Kansas opened April 14 and runs through July 19, 2009. Exhibition CATALOG PDF download also see the Beach Museum’s web site blurb from the Beach Museum of Art web site: Figuring it Out: Prints and Drawings by Mike Lyon April […]
Erik Brunvand invited me to join him, Steve Hoskins, and Ed Bateman on a panel during Southern Graphics Council’s Chicago convention called Printmaking with Extreme Technology. Each of us spoke for approximately 15 minutes. Printmaking with Extreme Technology (Erik Brunvand, Chair with Edward Bateman, Stephen Hoskins, and Mike Lyon) 10-11:30am Friday, March 27 at Columbia […]
Last night, Linda and I had a ball at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art here in Kansas City. It was the opening of their new show, Backstage Pass: Collecting Art in Kansas City which runs September 7–November 4, 2007. By pairing artworks from area private collections with examples by the same artists represented in […]
An exhibition of my recent work titled: “Mike Lyon: Large Scale Drawings and Woodblock Prints” runs September 1, through October 21, 2006 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri. Opening: 7-9 pm First Friday, September 1, 2006, hours 11-5 Tue through Saturday, 816-221=2626. Here’s the gallery’s mailer (folds are in the mailer, […]
This is a print I produced for Baren Forum‘s 14th Exchange. This version included an additional block carved from oak which I used to print the ‘wood grain’ in the background. The print is o-ban (large size — about 15 inches high) on hand made, unsized gampi paper. This is a reduction print, printed by […]
This print is representative of the edition of 31 produced for the Baren print Exchange #7 in October, 2000. Exchange #7 called for a chuban sized print in the theme of “The Comedy of Life”. You can visit the Baren site on the web. This print was intended to be somewhat comical. The fun, surprising, […]