Guy Lyman

Sigh, -2010
Charcoal,Latex Paint,Oil Paint,Acrylic Paint
16 x 20 in
It's a great time to help artists and dealers, if you can afford to do so and see something you love! Very tough time for the art business, as you might imagine . . . Artist's Statement: "You can't see much of it any longer, but I started this piece with lyrical wide strokes of green, then covered them to leave glimpses of them peeking through. When I looked at this foundation on which I intended to paint, I immediately began thinking of my favorite artist, Cy Twombly, with his daubs of paint, scribbles and marks sometimes partly obscured. I intentionally kept the palette very limited as an exercise in making the painting interesting to look at without a lot of colorful eye candy. There is a bit of deep red at the top (which reads almost as black in the photo), but other than that it's really all about greens and blues. I used oil and acrylic, but also house paint in order to give the tan layer a special flatness." Framed in a handsome, dimensional float frame.

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.