Peter Lyons

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Like the paintings by Fitz Henry Lane and his contemporaries later called Luminists, Peter Lyons’s paintings depict scenes whose otherworldly light evokes or precipitates a moment in which the mind comes into contact with truths beyond the senses and outside time. Beauty is immanent; serenity is palpable; spiritual fulfillment — with all its requisite complexity and awareness of suffering — is imminent.

A few of Lyons’s paintings exemplify the axes of his art and the emotional power of his paintings.

In The Valley, a long irrigation canal arrives from a distant horizon, together with angled twilight and a converging series of poles. The proximate debouching of a second canal, intensely illuminated, the surge and debris suggesting violent power, the glowing rails — this culminating power of the engineered and natural landscape is all aimed precisely at the spot where the viewer stands, and is happening now.

In Yellow Boxcar, childlike joy in color and form elevate and celebrate the elementary sensations of being in the world. In Breakthrough, emblems of the sensory world disappear into that realm beyond real where artists create meaning and beauty.

In American Dream, the vortical harmonies and tensions of the composition enact the spiritual harmonies and tensions among the three strata of human experience: the heavens above, the natural order below, and civilization interposing.

— Matthew Swift

60-page catalog of Peter Lyons’s paintings, including commentary and an artist’s statement (PDF 1.3MB)

Past Exhibitions at Trident Gallery
A Time for Blue
January 20, 2017 - March 26, 2017
A themed exhibition of art selected by Director Matthew Swift.
The Deep Sea Has its Stars
September 3, 2016 - September 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.
Peter Lyons: American Spring
April 30, 2016 - May 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.
Beyond Real: Contemporary Landscapes
August 15, 2015 - September 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.