Reminiscent of Zen Buddhist brush and ink landscapes, Jean Lyon’s new series of oils on canvas harmonise representations of earth, fire, water, air and space to create enchanting, dreamlike scenes. Lyon’s begins each work with an amorphous grey wash. Organic marks within the inky background trigger ideas for the various objects added next. Lyon’s compositions are influenced by Golden Mean theory and Fibonacci number sequences, ratios and patterns traced back to ancient Egyptian and Grecian Art.
‘My aim is to create ‘quiet’ paintings. Something you might walk past, like the leaf on the ground that is repeatedly stepped on, until finally picked up by someone who sees something compelling about it, and treasures it for its fragile condition.’
– Jean Lyons
Born and raised in Melbourne, Jean Lyons completed an Advanced Certificate in Art and Design in 1990 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT in 1993. Jean will give an artist talk in the gallery on Saturday 11 February at 2pm.
Image: Rest, 2011, oil on canvas, 34 x 55cm.