John Lyon Paul
I am a sculptor and a painter whose large studio houses over 300 artworks including the interactive installations, “Nagasaki Prayerwheel,” and “Many Thousands Gone.” My colorful paintings include the “Pilgrimage,” and “Meditation Shawl" series, as well as the ongoing, vibrant "Studies" painted on Mylar and glass. My sculptures are made from wood, copper, bronze, concrete, lead, steel and cast paper.
ADDRESS174 Sodom Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850
From Rt. 79: turn on Besemer Hill Road (which is one mile long). At Stop sign turn right and an almost immediate left at the "Y" on to Sodom Road. From Pine Tree Road: turn on to Snyder Hill Road and proceed 4 miles to Sodom Road (a left at the "Y"). My studio is 5/8 mile on Sodom Road on the left very near the end of the road.
John Lyon Paul began to make artworks in the 1970s, at the same time that he began to practice meditation. These two practices, the receptive and the active, have anchored and informed his creative life. Entirely self-taught, and the master of many materials, John works in the solitude of a large studio he built at the end of a dead-end road in the hills above Ithaca. His work has been exhibited at the Arnot Art Museum, and in many juried and invitational gallery shows and is in private collections throughout the United States. In 2010 John was chosen as the Featured Artist of the “Conflict and Visual Culture Project” at the Solomon Asch Center, and in 2011 he was selected for the NYFA MARK professional artist program.
His first works were figurative sculptures, directly carved in wood or hammered in metal. Subsequently, his sculptures evolved into tools for centering, grounding, meditation, and healing. Among these works are his “Peace Tablets,” a series of “Prayerwheels,” and two, large, interactive sculptures, “Many Thousands Gone” and “Nagasaki Prayerwheel.”
Equally adept in two dimensions, his paintings invite the viewer to enter and travel them. A journey through the 100 painting "Pilgrimage" series unfolds like a new visual language. Subsequent series ("Oracle", "Mirage", "Templates for Another Life") lead us to his "Meditation Shawls" and, most recently, his "Studies." Painted “in reverse” on the back of clear Mylar or glass, John says that these paintings “grow like crystals.” The multi-textured results are extraordinarily fresh, immediate, and luminous.