The meticulous precision of a Peter Lyons painting offers more than the delights of a beautiful scene rendered skillfully in paint. It is also an attempt to rekindle and intensify in its viewers a state of awareness beyond the senses which, being human, they have already experienced in some measure. The painting’s otherworldly light grants a renewed vision 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.”
In significant respects, Lyons’s paintings emulate luminist landscapes of the 19th century: 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.
Peter Lyons was born in 1960 in Dunedin, New Zealand, and as a young man chose to devote himself to painting. He emigrated to the United States in 1990 and lived in Los Angeles for six years before moving to eastern Massachusetts, where he now lives and works