Guy Lyman

Untitled (Nostalgia Series 2), 2013
Paper,Charcoal,Latex Paint,Oil Paint,Acrylic Paint
16 x 20 in
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From a series of paintings I was doing a few years ago evoking age, weathering and nostalgia. I used all kinds of materials to get these effects, including collage, and lots of layering. You can see things coming through the surface from underneath, like an old wall that has been painted repeatedly. I put this one aside back when I was working on these, and resurrected it recently to put some more work into it and get it where I wanted it. It's not a large painting, but very complex, and evocative I think.

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.