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Rob Lyon: Pursuit

Rob Lyon

Adams and Ollman is pleased to present paintings by Rob Lyon (b. 1982, Lancashire, UK; lives and works in West Sussex, UK) for his first solo exhibition at the gallery. Since 2014, Lyon has been painting the unique landscape of the South Downs in England where he grew up and later returned to raise his family. Inspired by long walks amongst its distinct ridges of wooded rolling hills and valleys, dramatic skies, and sweeping vistas, the artist works methodically and meditatively to capture and inscribe the unique spirits encountered there.

 

Common motifs of birds, hills, trees, and other foliage, depicted in expressive colors, strong lines, and patterned brushstrokes, assemble on the canvas in simplified forms, repeating and reassembling, held in harmonic tension as though briefly caught between moments of entropic flux. Various combinations of dots, lines, and shapes create a graphic language that is sometimes consistent, but often not. A field of grey with white lines in one scene fills a sky in the next, while treetops merge into hills and horizon lines bleed into the landscape.

 

In Sublimation in Blue, multiple shifts in perspective create a quilt-like landscape with a central blue figure that reads both as a body of water bisected by a bridge of land and a butterfly casting an oversized shadow on the ground below. In Dawn Drone, treetops shaped like witches' hats meet to form a point on the horizon, or perhaps blades on a pinwheel. These ambiguous, shapeshifting environments propose an animistic, interconnected world that is at once mysterious and revelatory, with each work seemingly in pursuit of some new understanding.

 

The works on display were made primarily during the period following the artist’s father’s death when he and his family would take long meandering walks through the hills in an attempt to re-forge new relationships with the land and one another. Importantly, these walks were motivated by a compulsion to seek out the familiar, but new; or, in the artist's words, “proximal, but unburdened by ghosts.” In exploring grief and loss through an evolving relationship to the landscape, Lyon is able to meditate on that which is beyond the scope of human understanding—time, death, the vastness of the natural world—constructing a complex world of visual mythmaking that tells more than just stories of the past, present, or future, but of fundamental relationships that mutually construct one another perpetually.

 

Rob Lyon (b. UK, 1982) is a self-taught painter who lives and works in West Sussex, UK. This is his first exhibition at Adams and Ollman.

fire + cold ash

Left: Rob Lyon, Fire, 2021, oil on linen, 19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

Right: Rob Lyon, Cold Ash Smother the Fire, 2021, oil on linen, 19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

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quote about encountering spirits

Rob Lyon, So much light (for Mary Oliver), 2021

oil on linen, 9 7/8h x 11 13/16w in

"Since my childhood I’ve encountered spirits at numerous locations within the Downs. Each is unique. It is not a spirit in the ghostly tradition. I don’t see it, so much as experience it. It’s a spontaneous and heightened sensory reception and amalgam of the visual, the aural and the olfactory. The location and its spirit can be revisited. That defines the spirit - its permanence." –Rob Lyon

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Left: Rob Lyon, Sublimation in Blue, 2021, oil on linen, 19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

Right: Rob Lyon, Dawn Drone, 2021, oil on linen, 11 13/16h x 9 7/8w in

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conceder + all your memories

Left: Rob Lyon, Conceder, 2021, oil on linen, 19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

Right: Rob Lyon, All your memories, smoke on the wind, 2021, oil on linen, 11 13/16h x 9 7/8w in

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Quote about language

Rob Lyon, I am here and you are where you are, 2021

oil on linen, 15 3/4h x 19 11/16w in

[The forms in my paintings] emerge in various permutations until the painting says to me what I need to hear. The forms and colours collectively form a  “compass”, pointing a way into or out of something, whether that be grief, joy, oblivion—you name it. –Rob Lyon


 

valley assorted trunks

Rob Lyon, Valley of assorted trunks, 2021, oil on linen, 15 3/4h x 19 11/16w in

febrile + reds lineage

Left: Rob Lyon, Febrile in the valley, 2021, oil on linen, 19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

Right: Rob Lyon, Reds, lineage, a frenzy, 2021, oil on linen, 19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

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Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

Rob Lyon, Pursuit installation view at Adams and Ollman, 2022

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Rob Lyon

Fire, 2021

oil on linen

19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

50h x 40w cm

RL2021001

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Rob Lyon

Cold Ash Smother the Fire, 2021

oil on linen

19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

50h x 40w cm

RL2021002

 

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Rob Lyon

Spur, 2021

oil on cotton

11 13/16h x 9 7/8w in

30h x 25w cm

RL2021003

 

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Rob Lyon

Clouds moving water, 2021

oil on cotton

9 7/8h x 11 13/16w in

25h x 30w cm

RL2021004

 

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Rob Lyon

Flames in motion, 2021

oil on cotton

11 13/16h x 9 7/8w in

30h x 25w cm

RL2021005

 

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Rob Lyon

Tilt/erect, 2021

oil on linen

11 13/16h x 9 7/8w in

30h x 25w cm

RL2021006

 

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Rob Lyon

The only way to immortalise us, 2021

oil on linen

19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

50h x 40w cm

RL2021007

 

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Rob Lyon

Sublimation in Blue, 2021

oil on linen

19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

50h x 40w cm

RL2021008

 

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Rob Lyon

Conceder, 2021

oil on linen

19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

50h x 40w cm

RL2021010

 

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Rob Lyon

All your memories, smoke on the wind, 2021

oil on linen

11 13/16h x 9 7/8w in

30h x 25w cm

RL2021011

 

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Rob Lyon

Understanding the penetration, 2021

oil on linen

11 13/16h x 9 7/8w in

30h x 25w cm

RL2021012

 

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Rob Lyon

I am sorry to inform you that you will never have the chance to know me, 2021

oil on linen

9 7/8h x 11 13/16w in

25h x 30w cm

RL2021013

 

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Rob Lyon

Your rupture, my rapture, 2021

oil on linen

9 7/8h x 11 13/16w in

25h x 30w cm

RL2021014

 

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Rob Lyon

Dawn Drone, 2021

oil on linen

11 13/16h x 9 7/8w in

30h x 25w cm

RL2021015

 

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Rob Lyon

Reds, lineage, a frenzy, 2021

oil on linen

19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

50h x 40w cm

RL2021016

 

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Rob Lyon

Valley of assorted trunks, 2021

oil on linen

15 3/4h x 19 11/16w in

40h x 50w cm

RL2021017

 

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Rob Lyon

I am here and you are where you are, 2021

oil on linen

15 3/4h x 19 11/16w in

40h x 50w cm

RL2021021

 

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Rob Lyon

So much light (for Mary Oliver), 2021

oil on linen

9 7/8h x 11 13/16w in

25h x 30w cm

RL2021022

 

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Rob Lyon

Febrile in the valley, 2021

oil on linen

19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

50h x 40w cm

RL2021025

 

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Rob Lyon

Juniper portal, 2021

oil on linen

9 7/8h x 11 13/16w in

25h x 30w cm

RL2021026

 

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Rob Lyon

Triangulation Point, 2021

oil on linen

9 7/8h x 11 13/16w in

25h x 30w cm

RL2021027

 

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Rob Lyon

Fire, 2021

oil on linen

19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

50h x 40w cm

RL2021001

Rob Lyon

Cold Ash Smother the Fire, 2021

oil on linen

19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

50h x 40w cm

RL2021002

 

Rob Lyon

Spur, 2021

oil on cotton

11 13/16h x 9 7/8w in

30h x 25w cm

RL2021003

 

Rob Lyon

Clouds moving water, 2021

oil on cotton

9 7/8h x 11 13/16w in

25h x 30w cm

RL2021004

 

Rob Lyon

Flames in motion, 2021

oil on cotton

11 13/16h x 9 7/8w in

30h x 25w cm

RL2021005

 

Rob Lyon

Tilt/erect, 2021

oil on linen

11 13/16h x 9 7/8w in

30h x 25w cm

RL2021006

 

Rob Lyon

The only way to immortalise us, 2021

oil on linen

19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

50h x 40w cm

RL2021007

 

Rob Lyon

Sublimation in Blue, 2021

oil on linen

19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

50h x 40w cm

RL2021008

 

Rob Lyon

Conceder, 2021

oil on linen

19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

50h x 40w cm

RL2021010

 

Rob Lyon

All your memories, smoke on the wind, 2021

oil on linen

11 13/16h x 9 7/8w in

30h x 25w cm

RL2021011

 

Rob Lyon

Understanding the penetration, 2021

oil on linen

11 13/16h x 9 7/8w in

30h x 25w cm

RL2021012

 

Rob Lyon

I am sorry to inform you that you will never have the chance to know me, 2021

oil on linen

9 7/8h x 11 13/16w in

25h x 30w cm

RL2021013

 

Rob Lyon

Your rupture, my rapture, 2021

oil on linen

9 7/8h x 11 13/16w in

25h x 30w cm

RL2021014

 

Rob Lyon

Dawn Drone, 2021

oil on linen

11 13/16h x 9 7/8w in

30h x 25w cm

RL2021015

 

Rob Lyon

Reds, lineage, a frenzy, 2021

oil on linen

19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

50h x 40w cm

RL2021016

 

Rob Lyon

Valley of assorted trunks, 2021

oil on linen

15 3/4h x 19 11/16w in

40h x 50w cm

RL2021017

 

Rob Lyon

I am here and you are where you are, 2021

oil on linen

15 3/4h x 19 11/16w in

40h x 50w cm

RL2021021

 

Rob Lyon

So much light (for Mary Oliver), 2021

oil on linen

9 7/8h x 11 13/16w in

25h x 30w cm

RL2021022

 

Rob Lyon

Febrile in the valley, 2021

oil on linen

19 11/16h x 15 3/4w in

50h x 40w cm

RL2021025

 

Rob Lyon

Juniper portal, 2021

oil on linen

9 7/8h x 11 13/16w in

25h x 30w cm

RL2021026

 

Rob Lyon

Triangulation Point, 2021

oil on linen

9 7/8h x 11 13/16w in

25h x 30w cm

RL2021027