Painting pictures is a language like any other. It uses elements of
a visual structure

It is not a language of words, but one of colour, line, shape, texture and the notional space of a two-dimensional plane with a certain proportion, (any surface for that matter.)


In figurative, representational painting, the order in the juxtaposition and integration of visual linguistic elements, a 'syntax' in essence, describe a realism that is immediately recognizable. On the other hand, the disruption or distortion of that 'syntax' in the way these elements interrelate, allows a freedom to play with abstract or semi-abstract imagery.  In this instance, the linguistic elements could assert qualities in their own right while still remaining in harmony with the compositional whole.


This approach appeals to me; and is representative of the way I paint; and I am free to follow the dictates of intuition; play with the ambiguities of form, morphing one barely recognizable image into another. I am also free to create an iconography that evokes suggestions of storytelling, which, more often than not, relates to a Caribbean folklore and mythology.

For further information on commissions, my availability for exhibitions (solo, touring, or mixed), or for information about contributing poetry
to anthologies, public readings and workshops, please contact me in the first instance by email:

© All images by John Lyons 2015