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A Traveler Dreams:
a show of paintings by Angela Treat Lyon
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays Through Dec. 19, 2003
at Cafe Che Pasta, Honolulu, Hawaii
By Victoria Gail-White
Honolulu Advertiser Art Critic
Posted on: Sunday, December 7, 2003
After a 13-year hiatus away from Hawai'i,
Angela Treat Lyon's homecoming is celebrated in a solo exhibit
at Cafe Che Pasta. Thirty-five haunting oil-on-canvas and archival
art-board paintings fill the restaurant with images from her
journeys - both real and dreamed.The paintings come from two
collections - 25 painted in Gore, New Zealand, and in New Mexico,
and 10 painted in Hawai'i. There also are archival prints in
Lyon is a storyteller painter. She revels
in exploring the dimensions and connections between the conscious
Often when she begins a painting she asks
herself how she is feeling and consciously uses her emotions
in her creative process.
Her palette sets a mood in her work, often
in richly toned sapphire blues and emerald greens.
The moon glows in many of her nightscapes,
and figurative elements emerge from distorted perspectives, making
her work haunting.
There is a harmonic dissonance at play,
a kind of eerie music that gives her images linger power. It
is similar to the way a dream lingers in your consciousness after
you wake; it doesn't quite fit your reality and echoes throughout
your waking hours.
"Many nights I'll wake up with designs
in my head, all clamoring to come out at once," writes Lyons
in her statement, "and I'll have to get up and draw furiously
till they're out and happy."
"Source" is a painting of a girl
seated in a chair by a curtained window. A flaming glow is emanating
from her chest.
"The light in this painting comes
from three sources," says Lyon.
"The radiant light comes from her
core. The ambient light is light that is in the room; and then
there is the reflected light that is coming in the window."
|While the Madonna-esque mother
and child in "You Are My Only One" are bathed in blues,
"Window," a painting of a woman propped against the
side of a window ledge, is almost florescent in its lime-greenness.
Many of Lyon's paintings are surrealistic.
"Back! Back!" is a painting of a reddish bird with
a human head on a dark tree branch. In the background, a mountain
[the Pali] and stylized clouds swirl.
While paintings like "Who Are We Really"
appear sinister, they are not offensive but engaging. The various
styles of Lyon's work - the rounded and smoothed edges, flowing
lines of gradated color tones and repetitive
elements - give these works an innocence and strength.
She is a prolific artist and has been drawing
and painting since childhood. Lyon sculpts in bronze and stone,
has made an animated film and published a book.
Available on request is a small book, [
A Traveler Dreams] (highly recommended), with stories about her
travels and many of the paintings.
"The world needs artists," says
Lyon. "Artists hold the images of what's possible - without
that, we would get into a rut."