G Campbell Lyman
Gridish #6, 2021
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Acyrlic, Charcoal, Lacquer on Canvas
16 x 20 in
Artist’s Statement: “As I often do, I chose a very simple form to work with here – a grid of rectangles. Content never interests me much, and I don’t spend time thinking about it. I’m interested in the balance of assonant and dissonant colors, line quality, texture and impasto, push and pull, these sorts of issues. Making the paintings is a series of minute decisions about addition and subtraction that goes on for a long time, even if the result looks deceptively simple. It’s never simple to do. I chose a glossy, candy varnish for these. I find these to be happy paintings, in a time that's been less than happy. These have been selling here in New Orleans before I have been able to list them, so I have been pulling out a few to show only online, so that collectors of my work elsewhere and new folks get a chance to see them." (On prior series by the artist): “These paintings are a refreshing departure from the current abstract art world’s seemingly endless parade of fields of color with scribbles providing form, a style that is easily mimicked and has become a sort of “safe,” accessible go-to. There are confident decisions in these paintings appearing as commitments of strongly delineated forms and unexpected collisions of color that give the work a visceral, confident and playful soul, increasingly missing from contemporary expressionist abstraction. They are the paintings of a real painter rather than a decorative artist.” ArtSeen, 2018 Comes framed and ready to hang, in a white floater frame. Dimensions given include frame.