/ OPEN MIND
Linda Infante Lyons
August 7 -
September 3, 2015
Open Space/ Open Mind is a current body of work of non-narrative landscapes reflecting my response to encounters and engagement with the land. The imagery of my work is drawn from memories and observations of my surroundings, inspired by recent travel to the ice fields of Wales on the Bering Sea, the endless river systems of Kobuk in interior Alaska and the vast open space of Denali National Park.
I work without sketches and allow the fluid nature of paint to suggest landforms, sky and water. The colors I choose express subjective feelings of a deep connection to place. I attempt to create compositions that are quiet and meditative and at the same time suggest the underlying power and unpredictable nature of my environment. This work explores the dynamic relationship of physical and psychological landscapes and the awareness open space provides, both intellectually and spiritually.
ABOUT LINDA LYONS
Linda was raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She earned a degree in biology from Whitman College in Washington and studied art at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Vina del Mar in Chile, where she lived for 18 years. Her maternal family is from Kodiak Island and are of Alutiiq ancestry.
Linda currently lives in Anchorage and has been painting and exhibiting her work for over 15 years. Her paintings can be seen in permanent collections of the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank, the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository and the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, Alaska.
An avid photographer, her work has been exhibited in solo shows, in juried photography exhibitions, and published in various magazines, recently awarded a honorable mention in the Rarified Light Photography Juried Show. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art .of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art .
Linda teaches painting in her studio and at the Anchorage Museum. She enjoys traveling to rural Alaska villages through the Alaska State Council on the Art’s Artist in Schools Program, creating collaborative murals with local children.
She has been awarded several grants including a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award funding the creation of larger format paintings and Alaska State Council on the Arts Career Opportunity Grants. Her most recent ASCA grant helped fund travel to Munich Germany for an artist residency with the Mayer of Munich Architectural Glass Studio with the goal to translate her oil paintings to larger public projects in glass and mosaic. Linda was recently selected as a Rasmuson Foundation Fellow, spending two months as an artist in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.