Lyon, Harold (Small Works)
About Harold (Miniatures) Lyon
When it comes to the subtle qualities of light and mood, and reproducing them on canvas, Harold Lyon is a master. He is able to capture the clear crispness of a northern forest in winter as easily as he does the dry dustiness of a prairie roundup. Although his subject matter ranges from landscape and wildlife to ranches, portraits, and even floral still life, a certain simplicity pervades his work. Lyon is most well known as a painter of Westerns. Through his work, the viewer is allowed to feel they are glimpsing a single moment in the midst of the action. Harold was born in 1930 and spent his youth working in the northern Ontario woods with his father before attending the Meinzinger School of Art in Detroit, Michigan. He also attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Harold then taught art on his own CBC television series, worked in advertising, and illustrated on a freelance basis, including time working as an illustrator for the Hudson's Bay Company in Calgary. Lyon turned to painting full time in 1965 while living in Calgary, and has never looked back. Lyon's paintings feature realistic subject matter, treated with an artist's hand and eye. Dynamic brushwork and vivid colour entice viewers to appreciate a Western painting on a purely artistic and visual level. Through his combination of authenticity, originality, and bravura, Lyon's paintings continue to appeal to a wide and diverse audience, as they have for the last 40 years. Harold Lyon is one of the finest and most highly regarded Western Artists in North America, and currently lives with his wife Katherine in Arizona.