Guy Lyman

The Philosopher Classifies Candy Corn, 2024
Charcoal, House Paint, Acrylic, Oil Pastel, Tar, Handmade Paper
37 x 37 in
$2,360
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Comes framed and ready to hang. 

 

Artist’s Statement: “I did some paintings years ago incorporating simple, meditative iconic forms, and they had a quiet, brooding formality about them. As with this painting, the surfaces were very complex (paint, tar, oil pastel, collage, etc.). The orange shape on the left came into being on its own, and to my own delight became a lighthearted comment on the gravity of those earlier paintings. We tend to take art too seriously, and I'm certainly guilty. Anyway, I find this to be a beautiful painting to look at that checks its own gravity with a dose of childhood innocence. 

 

“Lyman’s work evolves restlessly, with the common elements generally being deft and unusual color choices that balance assonance and dissonance, and vestiges of the hand and facture purposely left in the paintings. The negative space is often so meticulously worked that it’s almost as if the objects – usually simple shapes – are there as much to complement the background as vice versa. Despite the often bold colors there is an elegance about his paintings that prevents them from being loud or decorative. " Artbeit Zeitschrift 

 

(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 

 

Painting comes in a high-profile professional float frame, ready to hang.



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.