Based in Kansas City, artist Mike Lyon is in equal parts a serious and dedicated student of both Japanese art and culture and 21st Century computer technology. Through his indigo woodblock prints and large scale pen and ink drawings, he pays homage to the past while being firmly rooted in the present. The tools Lyon employs to create his supremely beautiful images are reductive digital photography, skillful use of computers, inventions of his own design, and paper made by Iwana Ichibei, who has been accorded the status of Living National Treasure of paper making. Lyon refines and merges Eastern and Western artistic traditions in innovative and mindful ways to create a body of work that is provocative and powerful and seems entirely new.
Mike Lyon has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally including Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, CO; Abercrombie Gallery, Lake Charles, LA; Burns Atrium Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY; The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS; Florida Printmakers Society, Tampa, FL; Gallery of the Quebec Printmakers Council, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Tokyo, Japan; Gallery EZOSHI, Kyoto Japan; Yad LeBanim Gallery, Tiberias, Israel; Horncastle College, Lincolnshire, UK and others. His work is in the permenant collections of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; The Marianna Kistler Beah Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS