Artist Feature - An Interview with David Lyon
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
The compulsion to create is inspirational in itself. If you then add into the equation the ideas that take hold of the imagination, the things that resonate (in my case biology, poetry, music), the dreams and nightmares, aesthetics, an appreciation of the rustic, the imperfect, the decayed, the melancholic appeal of transient beauty, then you have more than inspiration you have a way of life.
What Medium do you work in and what are its challenges?
I work primarily in acrylic.
The drying time of acrylic paint can be a challenge but I've learnt how to exploit its properties - wiping, scratching, sanding, transferring, concealing and revealing. It's a remarkably versatile medium in that it can be as subtle as watercolour (good for glazing) but dries as hard as nails.
What is your art about?
My art is about discovery, realisation, beauty, the passing of time, attempting to make permanent what is, inevitably, impermanent.
What are you doing when you are not making art?
Living my life in as simple a way as possible.
Which film have you watched most recently and found inspirational?
There are so many films that I've enjoyed and found inspirational. The film "Pollock" has stayed with me over the years - a great performance by Ed Harris. I just wanted to get into the studio and draw and paint immediately after I'd seen it.
How often do you exhibit?
When it's logistically possible and I feel that my work needs an outing. It can look astoundingly different in a new space.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Nothing out of the ordinary. People showing their interest and appreciation by buying a piece of work is memorable.
What is your creative process like?
Mysteriously certain things grab my attention which I then have to do something about in a new and interesting way. I make notes but I've probably no need as I carry the idea around in my head anyway. Sometimes ideas don't make it - I may see it somewhere else or the idea may prove to be derivative, similar to another artist's work. I try to be as original as I can and to have faith in my own ideas.
Do you ever experience creative blocks?
Yes I do. There are times in a life when events overwhelm and we are distracted or temporarily unable to adapt to our situation. Certain things take time to process. I find that to create with honesty, integrity and authenticity I have to be free of any emotional burden. I need to be calm and unshackled. But you can't have the light without the dark, the pleasure without the pain. I've learnt that most processes are cyclical or at least have peaks and troughs, difficult though it is to accommodate.
How many pieces are you working on at any one time?
I like to surround myself in the studio with my work as it informs the piece I'm working on.
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