Guy Lyman

Satchmo, 2009
Acrylic paint, acrylic polymer, lacquer
19.50 x 25.50 in
Artist's Statement: "In 2009 I became obsessed with the materials I was working with - the various paints, lacquers, pigments, etc. I did a series of what appear at first glance to be minimalist paintings, but really are not minimalist at all or directed towards simplicity. They're actually pretty complex in fabrication despite the formal simplicity. Of course any painting tending in this direction evokes Piet Mondrian, not a bad thing of course, but I wasn't going for the same thing he did. I was really happy with the result and held on to a number of them."

Pre-framed in a simple white floater frame.

(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

I have been painting for about 30 years, since before I was a dealer. I always was and remain most drawn to so-called “painterly” painters, whose interest is less in the formal aspects of painting than in the paint itself, and signs of the artist’s hand in its application. Initially I was drawn to paintings from the magical period between New York Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine and Cy Twombly. In the Eighties, it was New York neo-Expressionists such as Julian Schnabel, Terry Winters and Donald Baechler. As you can see, in the past few years my paintings have become more formal, but you can still see a lot of the hand in them. I grew up in New Orleans, lived in various places in the U.S. and Europe, then returned to "the Big Easy" to open my Magazine Street gallery, which I sold in 2017 before moving my art business entirely online. I still enjoy meeting fellow art collectors and painters when they visit New Orleans.