Mitch Lyons: The Hand Translated

September 7, 2019 - February 2, 2020

2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington, DE 19806

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    Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community. Over the past five decades he developed a truly innovative form of print-making.  Lyons worked as a traditional potter until 1980, the pivotal point in his career when he refined his method of printing directly from clay. Like most traditional potters, Lyons is motivated by a love for the material and describes himself as a “clay person making prints.” However instead of firing the clay to a permanent state, Lyons captures a lasting two-dimensional image of the clay’s surface. This exhibition surveys the developments and experimentations in Lyons’ 50-year-long journey to inventing the clay monoprint.

    Image:Untitled, 1980s. Mitch Lyons (1938–2018). Clay monoprint, sheet: 33 3/4 × 34 3/4 inches. Delaware Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 2012. © Estate of Mitch Lyons. 

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