Brightergy did an absolutely incredible job showing me how I could do my part to reduce carbon emissions and help the environment and showed me how affordable that could be – after incentives, about 12 to 18 months break even. Wow! Unfortunately, because half the cost was to be reimbursed by the reluctant Kansas City Power […]
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.
For my 61st birthday in June of 2012, my mother-in-law treated my family and me to dinner at the fabulous Rieger Hotel Restaurant. We were seated by a very tall and slender (and gorgeous) hostess who was showing a lot of tattoo ink. I said I would love for her to model for me and gave […]
I wanted to try to realize something closer to naturalistic color. I’d tested a Japanese pen (Pilot Choose) with pigmented inks which, unlike most pens I’ve tested, would continue to write until the ink was gone. These were advertised as permanent with excellent light-fastness. I needed to learn how the colors blended when overdrawn, so […]
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.
March 11, 2013 I completed this drawing. I painted a large sheet of exceptionally heavy hot press watercolor paper with many layers of carbon black, yellow, blue, and magenta pigment. It produced a wonderful dotty grain and the color quality, though neutral, is so satisfyingly complex and varied. I began drawing Addy and Arthur. Arthur […]
In 2004 I shot a bunch of photos of my son, Max, wearing his hair a little spikey, shirtless in heavy boots. I wanted to refresh my moku-hanga woodblock printmaking skills. The prints were hand-pulled from 16 ash blocks using baren (traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking) on 23 x 13 inch sheets of Iwano Ichibei’s gorgeous […]
March 4, 2013 I completed a larger than life drawing over painting of my studio assistant, Madeline Cass, and her friend, Kit Landwehr. I drew the outlines of the color areas on the heavy drawing paper, then laid mylar over the drawing and hand-cut the color shapes with a sharp blade, being careful not to […]
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.
Erik Brunvand curated a Southern Graphics print exchange called “Homespun Technology” and asked me to send an edition of ‘prints’ (drawings with painting). In this portfolio the artists respond to the theme of “Homespun Technology” in both literal and thematic ways. Some use their own homespun technology in the production of their prints. Others use […]