Paul Lyons

As Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts celebrates its 20th Anniversary (Founded 1997 and opened 2nd August of that year) it continues to promote the art work of local and regional artists. Moments of Transcendent Beauty – Paintings by Paul Lyons is an eye-catching array of 15 – 20 watercolour works which this Palmerston North-based computer systems designer has created when he has ‘felt the need for something more down-to-earth to complement the high technology’ of an office-based, abstract world which has comprised most of his work-a-day life. The artist writes: “…Watercolour paintings – where water-borne pigments, some of them actual ground-up rock, flow together and mix to produce glorious, unpredictable gradations and colour combinations – are about as low-tech as you can get!” The artist further remarks: “Whatever is eye-catching about these scenes often lasts no longer than a few minutes, sometimes only a few seconds. These paintings attempt to capture moments of transcendent beauty.” One of the artist’s muses, Adrienne Pavelka1, has said: ‘It’s such an emotional experience to be amongst the grandeur that will be there for a million years after I’ve gone.’ Paul Lyons’ second solo exhibition at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts will open with a public reception for the artist on Saturday 12th August from 1 – 3pm at the gallery, 33 George Street, Palmerston North. The public is warmly invited to view the works and to meet the artist. Moments of Transcendent Beauty will continue through 6th September.

Lyons continues: “I have found that the colour hues I use are less important than the arrangement of light and darks on the paper. But that doesn’t stop me from searching for and occasionally finding exuberant, fresh colour harmonies. The artworks themselves, whether they are moody or stripped-back, saturated or achromatic, are all direct, physical expressions of my emotional reaction to nature. There are no mathematical abstractions here, and the images have nothing to do with computers or electronics or data communication systems. On the contrary, it’s the things that don’t turn up in my daily round that have caught my attention and demanded that I paint them! There’s hardly a human or a building in sight; these images are a celebration of streams, mountains, seascapes, rocks and the way they’re enlivened by light, often for only the briefest of moments. I’ve discovered that I’m attracted by natural forms much more than synthesised ones, so the subject matter is mostly ‘landscapish’, and often fairly dramatic. It is largely drawn from scenes discovered on trips throughout New Zealand. If the scenes in my paintings grab your attention as strongly as they latched on to mine, then I’ll know that I’ve succeeded.”

Born in England, raised in Auckland, living in Palmerston North, Paul Lyons is a 64-year-old self-taught artist, an academic, an actor and a musician. He has degrees in Chemistry, and has lectured in Computer Science at Massey University for over thirty years. Although Paul has painted for about twenty years, he has only occasionally shown works in galleries, but he also has sold paintings privately. From 13-16 July, Lyons was the Guest Artist at the 10th Anniversary Feilding and District Art Society Art Expo held at the Conference and Function Centre, Palmerston North, an experience he ‘quite enjoyed!’

Other Upcoming Exhibitions.

Previous Exhibitions.

The Mountains and the Sea
By: Paul Lyons
- 22 Mar 19

RETRO - SPECTIVE: Cash & Carry Sale of Silkscreen Prints
By: Malcolm Warr
- 22 Feb 19

SUMMER FLIGHT: New Zealand Birds and Landscapes
By: Jayeta Valentine
- 25 Jan 19

By: Michele Theobald & Val Jones
- 30 Nov 18

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2018
- 12 Nov 18

By: Rachael Smith
- 26 Oct 18

“Licorice All Sorts”
By: Georgia Lambert
- 11 Oct 18

The Art Room (Term 3)
By: Manawatu Art Teachers Association
- 24 Sep 18

By: Willie Docherty
- 25 Aug 18

“A Bouquet of Paintings”
By: Mary Mulholland
- 03 Aug 18

The Infinite Smallness of Being
By: Raemon Rolfe and David Lupton
- 13 Jul 18

Land & Water
By: Timon Maxey
- 22 Jun 18

By: Don Hill & Steve Leurink
- 01 Jun 18

By: New Paintings by Ross Whitlock
- 07 Apr 18

By: Roger Staples
- 02 Mar 18

A Family Affair
By: Colin Hoare and sons James and Alex
- 02 Feb 18

By: Vivian McKenna
- 12 Jan 18

Echoes Of Fiordland
By: Annabel Neall
- 12 Dec 17

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2017
- 13 Nov 17

By: Sue Weterings
- 20 Oct 17

IRIS: Photography Exhibition
By: 2017 Epsom/NZIPP Award Winners
- 06 Oct 17

Land and Water
By: Jacky Pearson
- 08 Sep 17

Moments of Transcendent Beauty
By: Paul Lyons
- 11 Aug 17

“Exploring the Intersection Between Detail and Suggestion”
By: John Tidball
- 15 Jul 17

‘The Spaces Between’
By: Anne Morris
- 17 Jun 17

‘The Primacy of Gesture’
By: Ross Whitlock
- 12 May 17

By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

By: Vivian McKenna
- 03 Mar 17

Across the Ditch
By: Australian and New Zealand Print Artists
- 04 Feb 17

“GIVEN TIME AND SPACE” Abstracted Imagery
By: Colin Hoare
- 06 Jan 17

By: Watercolours by Celia Guy
- 03 Dec 16

E Toru nga Mea
By: Weaving and Carving Graduates Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Papaio
- 14 Nov 16

Dot's Nice
By: Elka
- 21 Oct 16

Colour Blast: Work That Jump Off the Canvas
By: Boyd-Dunlop
- 10 Sep 16

Heart Standing Still
By: Rachael Smith
- 30 Sep 16

SAMPLING: Paintings by Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL: Caohagan Island Quilts
By: Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL
- 25 Jul 16

Head for the Coast New Work
By: Beth Charles & Robert Charles
- 11 Mar 16

Extraordinary Art: Paintings
By: Paula Novak
- 12 Feb 16

Window to the Falling Sun: Paintings
By: Annabel Neall
- 04 Dec 15

By: Paul Lyons
- 14 Nov 15

An exhibition of Maori Art - Maunga Kura Toi degree artists of Te Wananga o Aotearoa
By: Te Koru
- 03 Nov 15

Country to Coast
By: Nicholas Hayter
- 11 Oct 15

Anything Goes: Annual Exhibition
By: Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild
- 28 Sep 15

By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

"Soul Is Eternal":
By: Wayne Hansen
- 29 Aug 15