Peter Lyons

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Peter Lyons’s technique approaches photographic realism, but the precision in his paintings is an attempt to communicate a state of awareness, rather than to reproduce a scene.

Human figures are absent; the artist’s ego is absent. An otherworldly light reveals a moment of harmony among the natural, human, and transcendent orders of being. “Bathed in this elevating light,” says Lyons, “the beauty of the ordinary is released, and the image acts as a lens focusing awareness of wonder, joy, and spiritual anticipation in the viewer.”

For Lyons, the material painting is a talisman through which shared truths are recognized, not communicated. Their subject, one can say, is not the shared reality of the material world, but a shared holiness and shared humanity.

In significant respects, Lyons’s paintings both resemble and have the power of mid-19th-century Luminist paintings: beauty is immanent, serenity is palpable, and spiritual fulfillment is imminent. And in other respects, they are unabashedly 21st-century paintings, taking pleasure and finding wonder in color, form, and abstraction.

Past Solo Exhibitions with Trident Gallery
Peter Lyons: On-Ramp
June 9, 2018July 8, 2018
An exhibition of new and recent oil paintings by Peter Lyons. The centerpiece is a triumphant scene of Mount Yōtei in Hokkaidō, Japan, which pays homage to the unities within Japanese art and culture of religious and secular life, of representation and abstraction, and of the natural and the stylized.
Peter Lyons: American Spring
April 30, 2016May 30, 2016
An exhibition of fifteen landscape paintings in oil by Peter Lyons. Six large paintings in the exhibition are major works, representing the artist at the height of his creative power and focused vision.
Past Group Exhibitions with Trident Gallery
New Series One
August 10, 2019October 7, 2019
The gallery introduces a new name, Matthew Swift Gallery, and a new exhibition format: a group exhibition of individual treasures.
Philadelphia Fine Art Fair
April 4, 2019April 7, 2019
Trident Gallery will show work by Peter Lyons, Zygmund Jankowski, and Ruth Mordecai in Booth 134 at the 2019 Philadelphia Fine Art Fair.
SCOPE New York 2019
March 7, 2019March 10, 2019
Trident Gallery will show work by Peter Lyons, Nadine Boughton, and Zygmund Jankowski at the 2019 SCOPE New York art fair.
Facing Five Years
January 17, 2019March 31, 2019
A program of exhibitions and events revisiting Trident Gallery’s first half-decade years and assaying the next.
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary
January 10, 2019January 13, 2019
Trident Gallery showed work by Peter Lyons, Susan Erony, Ed Touchette, and Diane Ayott at the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary art fair in West Palm Beach, Florida.
SCOPE Miami Beach 2018
December 4, 2018 · 12:00 pmDecember 9, 2018 · 8:00 pm
Trident Gallery exhibited work by Peter Lyons, Susan Erony, Diane Ayott, Gabrielle Barzaghi, and Ed Touchette at the 2018 SCOPE Miami Beach art fair.
Boston International Fine Art Show, 2018
October 18, 2018October 21, 2018
In With The New
January 26, 2018March 25, 2018
An exhibition of new, unseen, and selected works of art by represented artists.
Boston International Fine Art Show, 2017
October 19, 2017October 22, 2017
Trident Gallery showed work by Peter Lyons, Winston Boyer, and Zygmund Jankowski in Booth 17 at the 2017 Boston International Fine Art Show.
A Time for Blue
January 20, 2017March 26, 2017
A themed exhibition of art selected by Director Matthew Swift.
The Deep Sea Has its Stars
September 3, 2016September 5, 2016
Gloucester·Center is a joint project of Ocean Alliance and Trident Gallery to foster creative interchange among artists, scientists, and the public through programs at the iconic Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory, a place at the center of Gloucester Harbor and of Gloucester's history of excellence in the arts and sciences.
Boston International Fine Art Show, 2015
October 22, 2015October 25, 2015
Trident Gallery showed six paintings by Peter Lyons at the 2015 Boston International Fine Art Show.
Beyond Real: Contemporary Landscapes
August 15, 2015September 13, 2015
A group exhibition offering more than fifty paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed media works in the genre of landscape, chosen to represent a diversity of artistic approaches.