Brendan Lyons investigates and celebrates the material of paint itself. His practise not only attempts to test the viewer’s perceptions of painting and objects by referencing that mediums histories and contexts but is also just happy to celebrate the material of paint itself, especially in its most viscous state and to flow with it in playful abstraction.
Many of his works fall within the illusionistic Trompe L’oeil tradition. Look closely – what may appear at first to be various types of tape, staples and black plastic bags are not so, and are in fact just areas of dried and solid paint, manipulated to give a three dimensional illusion of those things. Other works are playful and almost fantastical, creating little worlds of interactions. Brushstrokes and paint splashes which almost seem to be alive with movement that has been frozen in a moment of activity.