From KC Studio Magazine, October 15, 2019 by Dana Self Jam-packed may fairly describe the installation at the small Epsten Gallery. Without much room for the art to breathe, the gallery goer’s experience can feel chaotic and the strength of the individual work may get lost, so, take your time because there is typically a […]
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 Daily Gazette: When Credibility MattersJanuary 4, 2018Schenectady On Exhibit: The precision of the mokuhanga art form New at Crowell and West Galleries at Union CollegeBy Indiana Nash | January 4, 2018 The exhibition, which went up on Jan. 3 at the Crowell and West Galleries at Union College, delves into the traditional Japanese woodblock […]
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.