From KC Studio Magazine September 18, 2019 by Julius Karash Last February, artist Mike Lyon agreed to co-curate “Look Me in the Eye: Portraits of Kansas City,” which is scheduled to run Sept. 15 through Nov. 29 at Village Shalom’s Epsten Gallery in Leawood. Lyon and co-curator Elisabeth Kirsch, an art historian and longtime art […]
The Epsten Gallery Exhibition September 15 – November 29, 2019 Cocurated by Mike Lyon and Elisabeth Kirsch Exhibition Catalog designed and produced by Mike Lyon. 137 full-color pages. Order Catalog at Amazon ($20) Exhibition Covers INTRODUCTION Look Me in the Eye: Portraits of Kansas City (September 15 through November 29, 2019), a juried exhibition of […]
by Shoshi Rosen, April 18, 2019 Exhibition at Weinberger Fine Art Drawing Room Please join us in the Drawing Room on Friday, April 5th from 5 – 8pm for the public opening of Reinventing the Line: Post-Digital Drawing and Painting by Mike Lyon. This exhibition celebrates Kansas City artist Mike Lyon and his innovative use […]
Because of the way the four sets of spirals overlap in my painting Linda in Black, it seemed to be a perfect design for mokuhanga (Japanese technique woodcut). I isolated the four layers of square spiral I’d generated for the painting into four block plans: The spiral density (the number of revolutions of line in […]
Painted in overlapping rectangular (rather than square) spirals, each of the four canvases that make up this work is different but similar. The colors were painted in the same order on each canvas, but the orientation of the rectangles was varied so that, although the reference images are identical, each painting is different. I think […]
Another attempt at a more naturalistic color. The reference image in calculating the spiral densities was Elena Sherman’s face. Painted on white canvas in red, yellow, blue, black, and white, I was still working to produce intricate tiles (the seven by nine main grid). She’s in there, but you’ve got to be far enough away […]
Life size portrait of Hal Wert in blue jeans with hands in pockets. Another shot at naturalistic color. I keep trying and trying! The resolution is so low that the image seem more robot man than Hal, I think, but I can almost see him in there!
A slightly larger than life abstraction from a reference image of Emily. I was trying to show some amazing variations of black on gray diagonals in this work. It’s so interesting to me!
February of 2019 I began to paint the square spirals on canvas. First I’d paint on the unstretched canvas, then I made stretchers and stapled or tacked the canvas to the stretchers. This first attempt is pretty large, almost eight feet tall, an abstraction of my friend Emily Kenny. The canvas was painted black, then […]
This large canvas is another square-spiral painting on canvas. Painted in red, yellow, blue, and white spirals over a black ground, I was interested in the diagonal moire patterns that developed in the white layers. Only the vaguest hint of the life-size image of Emily remains.