John Lyon Paul
incidents of Afternoon, 2016
Miracle on the Mountain, 2016
Poet's Dream, 2016
Poet's Garden, 2016
Poet's Window, 2016
Song and Dance, 2016
Meditation on the Sun, 2017
Desert Window, 2018
Black Crow/White Crow, 2019
Figures of Speech, 2019
Fourth Watch, 2019
Morning Glory, 2019
Morningstar Gateway, 2019
Raindance Sampler, 2019
Sacred Journey, 2019
Abacus Jazz Dance, 2020
Below Sound, 2020
Blessing Song, 2020
Memorial Window, 2020
most this amaZING day for ee cummings, 2020
Voice of the Deep, 2020
John Lyon Paul was born 1943 in Ossining, NY, and lives near Ithaca in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Paul received a BA in English Literature from Hamilton College in 1965. Paul began to make artworks in the 1970s, at the same time that he began to practice meditation. These two practices, one active and the other receptive, have anchored and informed his creative life, resulting in a large and innovative output of artworks. Entirely self-taught, Paul is presently the master of many materials and divides his time equally between painting and sculpting in the solitude of his studio.
John Lyon Paul has had solo exhibitions throughout the United States including the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, IA; the Anderson Museum of Art, IN; Lederer Gallery, SUNY, Geneseo; Wells College and Hamilton College and in numerous galleries throughout the U.S. In 2010 he was the Featured Artist of the "Conflict and Visual Culture Project" at the Solomon Asch Center, Bryn Mawr, PA and in 2011 he was selected for the NYFA MARK professional artist program.
John Lyon Paul's early figurative sculptures were executed in the 70s; these works were directly carved in wood or hammered in metal. In 1982, John took a vow of silence during the seven months it took to make the sculpture Vow of Silence. Since that time his sculptures have taken on new, more abstract forms so that the work might embrace the areas of his explorations. Recent sculptures can be thought of as imaginative and spiritual resources--what the artist calls "tools for releasing, centering, and healing." Among the works produced to meet these needs are two, large, interactive sculptures: Many Thousands Gone, and Nagasaki Prayerwheel. Videos about these two works as well as images of other sculptures and paintings can be seen on his website.
In the late 1980s, Paul had a visionary dream in which he found himself holding a Mason jar. Curious as to its contents, he unscrewed the lid, which released a flood of colorful butterflies. The next day he began to paint. Since that time he has made several hundred paintings. Paul's use of color and line with their pulse, vibration, and rhythms clearly emerges from the kinesthetic awareness evident in his sculptures. But unlike his sculptures, which engage us in the actual world, the world of three dimensions, his paintings draw us into their imagined realms. A journey through the 100-painting Pilgrimage series (1996-2001) unfolds like a new visual language. Subsequent series (Oracle, Mirage, Templates for Another Life) lead to his Meditation Shawls (2003-9). Here the viewer is asked to use each "shawl" as an entry point to meditation, as well as to imaginatively wrap her/his body in that shawl during the inner journey experienced along the way.
Since 2010, Paul has been working on a series of paintings: Spun From Light, Woven In Silence. Now numbering over one hundred paintings, these innovative works are painted "in reverse" on the back of plate glass or clear Mylar. Paul says that these radiant paintings "grow like crystals." They act like lenses into mysterious environments that the viewer can explore, first drawn and then released by the pulse of color and energy of line. Within these paintings "abstraction" gives way to "freedom" as we surround ourselves with pulsing energies that are almost musical. The multi-textured results are extraordinarily fresh, immediate, and luminescent.
His work has been viewed in solo exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States, as well as in major juried and invitational group exhibitions, and is also included in numerous private collections; additionally Paul has received public recognition through awards and affiliations.
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