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Studio of the artist, London/New York
This work is part of the series, Mindscapes.
French artist Lyora Pissarro is renowned for her playful depiction of landscapes featuring bright, geometric forms. The artist describes her works as creative journeys: “often winding, mostly enchanting and hopefully uplifting”.
As a direct descendant of the Impressionist Camille Pissarro, Lyora embraces her artistic heritage which is rooted in painting. Breaking away from the traditional Impressionist techniques, Lyora’s geometric paintings experiment with chromatic conventions and often defy the laws of gravity. Rivers run poppy red, skies fall in gradient shards of lavender and striped orbs levitate mid canvas where one might expect to see a sun or moon.
Whereas the Impressionists explored the optical effect of changing light on a landscape, her Mindscapes series explores how painting can capture the mind itself when enlightened. In deconstructing the typical horizon line, Lyora’s works posit a new topography that is both monumental and whimsical, substantial and dreamlike, balanced and surprising.
Currently based between New York and London, Lyora completed her formal education at Hunter College in NYC, after doing her foundation year at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Described as the “ultimate young painter” in GQ magazine, Lyora Pissarro has held exhibitions in both New York, Texas, and Boston, her work is also exhibited in San Francisco and London.