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HAYES LYON 1909-1987 signed lithograph Colorado New Mexico art

HAYES LYON 1909-1987 signed lithograph Colorado New Mexico art


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A fine lithograph, hand signed in pencil at lower right, 15 3/4" by 18" inside the present mat (21 1/2" by 24" total), by the Kansas-born artist HAYES LYON (1909-1987). At lower left the work is apparently numbered "1 - 16". The title of the work is "Conifer and Canyon Stream". Lyon was born in Athol, Kansas and was in Boulder as a youth, ultimately attending the University of Colorado and University of Denver. While at the latter he met artists Willard Nash and B.J.O. Nordfeldt. By the mid 1930's Lyon was participating in group exhibitions. He began to work for the Colorado Art Project during the Depression years, creating some murals for public spaces after having traveled to Mexico where he saw the murals by River, Orozco and Siqueiros. In 1937 Lyon studied in Taos with Andrew Dasburg and Jozef Bakos. World War II saw the artist in Europe, where he met Giorgio de Chirico. After the war, he was named professor of painting at the University of Texas at Austin by Ward Lockwood. Lyon held that position until 1951. Two years later, he had settled in New Mexico. He retired in 1961, and in his later years suffered from Alzheimers Disease. This image has a distinctive look that immediately evokes the New Mexico modernists, many of whom the artist obviously knew and interacted with. All photos of this unframed work were taken through shrink-wrap. Any apparent flaws are just on the wrap and not the art itself.