Guy Lyman

Seraglio, 2016
Lacquer, Charcoal and Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 24 in
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Artist’s Statement: “I have been making available some paintings I did earlier in my career that I have held on to for one reason or another. This one I kept simply because I felt that everything, and particularly the color, came together just right. As time went on more distinct shapes appeared in my work, while this one is an all-over painting (which Pollock pioneered)."

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.