You are absolutely amazing and inspiring. I tried to pick a favorite but found that I couldn’t! Many of your paintings brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for all you do!
– Lynna Martinez
WOW! Your site is awesome and your sculptures are powerful! I find your work inspiring and in my opinion, the best sculpture I have seen in Hawaii.
~ Ginny Walden, Sculptor, Hawaii
Your special style and the Oamaru stone are like a match made in heaven.
~ Beate Marquardt, Sculptor, British Columbia
The eyes are my favorite part! Always been a fan of your complete disregard for “correct” proportion. It works, and so well!
~ Richard Musgrove, Sculptor, Australia
I just had to write you to express how I felt when I saw your paintings in a magazine called Vision. They are divine. When I went to the website just now, I was taken aback.
You are so accomplished!. Your work is delightful and makes me feel so happy. The colors, the flow. Feels like a soul swimming in rainbows.
Thank you for expressing your gift and sharing your talents.
~ Rita Elaine
I love your energy & artwork & recently re-discovered you in Clare Goodwin’s Mandala pages. With Love & Light,
~ Carole Stevens Bibisi, Artist, ArtHarmonyCSB.com
You are so very talented, Angela! Love the colors, the energy and how your soul seems to be speaking through the images.
~ Lisa Fraser
Your art work is amazing. Thoughtful with bright colors and beautiful design. It is super you share it with us. aloha to you in Hawaii –
~ Carrie Ferguson
I have just made a visit to your web site, where I feasted on your oils and stone sculptures. Wonderful, wonderful work.
Thank you for sharing your energy and artistic vision. In Shalom,
~ C. Robin Janning, gramercygalleria.com
Aloha from Maui! Just want to say, you have some on the best stuff on the internet!
Mahalo, Big Time! Mahalo Nui Loa
~ Gene E. Moore, MBA, SPHR, seoctopus.com
Cool is right! I love it! You captured peace, movement, gracefulness. It is so Present. I like it!
– Lynn W., Florida
I just took a look at your beautiful paintings. I must have one of them…They have so much wisdom, beauty and they are important.
– Julia N., Germany
Your paintings are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!! Keep painting!
– Nancy H., USA
Seeing your art is inspiring me to put up my gallery of photos–maybe some paintings and prints, too. Thank you for being so big in the world.
– JoAnn S., USA
The tiles are wonderful and I love your sculpture – dreams coming true.
My best wishes for your great success – both in your art and in your practice.
– Sharon K., USA
These are the most powerful, incredible women’s paintings I’ve seen in a long time – keep it up! I want the Made of Day one.
– Freida M., Australia
When are you coming back to New Zealand for a Sculpture Symposium? We miss you! See you there!
– Deloris J., NZ
Artwork on this page, in order from top:
In Broad Daylight
Happy to Be Me
Heart of Gold
I Got Red Hair!
Dreams Bring About Designs for Painter
A Traveler Dreams: A show of paintings by Angela Treat Lyon
at Café Che Pasta, Honolulu, Hawaii
By Victoria Gail-White, Honolulu Advertiser Art Critic, Sunday, December 7, 2003
After a 13-year hiatus away from Hawai’i, Angela Treat Lyon’s homecoming [in 2002] is celebrated in a solo exhibit at Café Che Pasta in swanky downtown Honolulu.
Thirty-five haunting oil 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 after the artist came home to Hawai’i. There also are archival prints in the show.
Her palette sets a mood in her work, often in richly toned sapphire blues and emerald greens. The moon glows in many of her nights-capes, 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 – 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” (left) 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 the light that is in the room; and then there is the reflected light coming in the window. It’s all about light.”
While the Madonna-esque mother and child in “You Are My Only One” are bathed in blues, “Window” (left), 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, the ridge of mountains between the windward side and the leeward hovers [the Pali], and stylized clouds do a spiral swirl. Is the bird really driving the mists away?
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 written and published several books.
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.”