Alan Lyons



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Loun, oil on canvas, 87 x 72 x 2 cm

Breathing Land, oil on canvas, 80 x 90 x 2 cm

Stasis, oil on canvas, 90 x 80 x 2 cm

Opiat, oil on paper, 36 x 26 cm

Ground Out, oil on canvas stretched on board, 60 x 60 x 1 cm


My work revolves around a constant interest in paint and drawing. The approach I take is usually to start from very little, a gesture or a fleeting idea. A wish to create a space in which to enter spurs me onward. Landscape, nature and human involvement in it are of influence.

As I work the canvas is slowly brought to life, with the paint gradually becoming a living substance. The need to create and imagined space is replaced by the wish to produce a piece that exists in the present, living in real time as music does.

And so the work will often take on a flatter more non-representational appearance and become an object in its own right. The intention is always to be completely involved in the activity, and that’s only achieved through work and effort.

Meditation techniques have influenced my work a lot. The relationship between drawing and painting is very important to my work. The materials qualities and colour are also very important. Through the playing or working with the materials I slowly find a clear path.


With a background in Fine Art, studying at Grays School of Art, my studio practise revolves around drawing and painting. I also have an extensive background in art workshop delivery, working mainly with elderly dementia sufferers. My most recent exhibition was at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. Exhibiting in non-traditional environments is of interest to me, plus I see art having a positive role in healthcare environments.


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