March 7 – April 18, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 2-5 p.m.
Known for his luscious oil paintings of garden flowers, Charles Lyon turns toward new subject matter for this exhibition. A recent trip to Rome left a rich impression on the artist. In particular, he was drawn to Bernini’s dramatic baroque statuaries of angels on the Ponte Sant’Angelo. This Bridge of Angels spans the Tiber River, and is graced by ten sculptures, each created to symbolize parts of the story of Jesus Christ’s suffering and crucifixion. Inspired by their towering presence, Lyon photographed the statues and used the images as a reference. Comprised of oil and watercolor paintings, Lyon’s images have a soft, nearly monochromatic palette. Texture is created through a unique application of paint using Styrofoam to suggest surfaces of travertine and marble.