David Lyon

David Lyon

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  Artist: David Lyon
 Live in: Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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BIOGRAPHY I am a fine artist based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. I studied Art at Bolton College of Art and Design, before completing a BA (hons) in Graphic Design at Leeds Polytechnic. I went on to build a career as an illustrator and designer and began exhibiting his paintings and drawings in 1997. I'm inspired by organic shapes and forms – references to the natural world often spark my interest. Ideas connect, breed and grow, transform. I daydream how best to take ideas forward, to make them exist as paintings or drawings. I continue to explore my favoured media – acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and crayon – in his studio in the centre of Leeds. I have had many solo and many selected group exhibitions in the UK with many pieces included in private collections. ARTIST STATEMENT “I am aware that my creativity is part of a process. My art is a product of that process. It starts with something that catches my attention, (maybe from reading, listening to music or just looking); an object, colour or idea, figurative or abstract, that engages my imagination. I note down my observation using both words and a rudimentary scribble or two. Sometimes ideas connect, breed and grow, transforming into something new. I keep notebooks, sketchbooks, scrap books. I daydream how best to take the idea forward, to make it exist. I make some drawings exploring shape and colour if appropriate, to better understand how I might make the final piece. The initial idea often grows and expands and I will often use collage as a means of exploring the series. I find that there is a different way of working for a different idea. I like the freedom to respond to ideas in whatever medium I think appropriate. I cannot work thinking I am a prisoner of style; there is too much to explore. I make my work with acrylic, ink, gouache, pencil, crayon, oil pastel, charcoal and collage. I explore the properties of acrylic paint creating texture using fingers as well as brushes, rags and newspaper. Overlaying the paint to create a surface history, concealing and exposing by scratching and sandpapering. Dissolving oil pastel with white spirit is also a favourite, giving lovely, soft areas over which I can add more pastel creating depth and beautiful colour contrasts and clashes. My abstract work is not supposed to look like anything except itself but sometimes the titles, which are meant to be an easy reference tag, give the paintings an evocative identity – “Seaqueen” or “Dandelion” for instance. Ideas wax and wane but my creativity has always defined the person I am from childhood. It makes me aware that the process is ongoing. That my art is a product of that process.” CV 1977-78: Bolton Art College: Art Foundation Course 1978-81: Leeds Polytechnic: BA (hons) in Graphic Arts & Illustration (print making, illustration, life drawing, photography, graphic design) 1981-82: Leeds City Council: Chief Designer, Adult Literacy and Numeracy Scheme 1983-88: Min of Agriculture: Graphic Officer for the North 1988-92: Graphic Designer, Sinclair Mason 1992-2000: Freelance Illustrator & Practicing Artist 2000-13: IONA Publishing, Creative Director & Artist Current: Full-time artist