Robert Lysiak

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I have been painting for 25 years. My work reflects my personal experience and range of interests. Having spent 32 years in Appalachia, my early work deals largely with the landscapes, machinery, animals, people and life in the rural mountains. For the past 5 years I have been living in the Loire Valley region of France where my subject matter has grown to include the cityscapes, landscapes and traditions of Old Europe.
Transparent watercolor is an ideal medium for capturing the local and impressionistic effects of light and color in these environments. While I enjoy using transparent watercolor pigment, I apply it in other than traditional loose washes. A colorist, I choose to apply pure, clean color with little dilution, thereby managing more effective control of paint and drying time. The use of transparent pigment in this manner still allows light to reflect off the white paper, maintaining the luminous quality of watercolor, but allowing richer, deeper, complex color at the same time. My work, while representational, tends towards abstracted shape with an emphasis on line and especially color.

Awards include:
-Honorable mention, "Truck", Virginia Highlands Art Show, Abingdon, Va, 1998
-Best in Show, "Choppin' Weeds", Appalachian Art Show, Kingsport, Tn, 1999
-Award of Merit, "Twilight Tractor", Virginia Highlands Art Show, 1999
-Award of Excellence, "The Color of Money", Appalachian Art Show, 2000
-Award of Distinction, "Summer Maple", Virginia Highlands Art Show, 2000
-Second Prize, "Retired", Appalachian Art Show, 2001
-Award of Merit, "Enraged", Virginia Highlands Art Show, 2001
-Honorable Mention, "Trio", High Country Watermedia Show, 2001
-Medaille du Comité des Fêtes, Foires et Salons, "Le Professeur" (sculpture), 36th Annual Salon de Cholet, Cholet, France, 2005.

Exhibitions include:


-"Country People, Country Places", Artsepot Spotlight Gallery, Abingdon, Va, 1999
-"All Things Appalachian", Appalachian Cultural Museum, Boone, N.C., 1999
-"Recent Watercolours", Kingsport Renaissance Center, Kingsport, Tn, 2001
-The Richfield Country Club, Kingsport, Tn, 2001
-The Artist's Palate, Blowing Rock, N.C., 2001
-The Arts Depot Members' Gallery, Abingdon, Va, 2001
-The Gallery at 153 West, Abingdon, Va, 2001
-"Capturing the Nature of Color", 16 Patton Gallery, Ashville, N.C., 2002
-"Robert Lysiak Watercolors", The Wilkes Art gallery, North Wilkesboro, N.C., 2003
-The Rock School, Valdese, N.C., 2005.


-Galerie de Briord, Nantes, 2004-2009
-Salon de Peinture et Sculpture, Trélazé, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
-Salon de Peinture à l'eau, Avrillé, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
-Maison du Tourisme de Champtoceaux, 2005
-23rd Salon de peinture et Sculpture de Villevêque, 2005
-Salon de peinture et Sculpture de Sainte Gemmes sur Loire, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
-Salon de Peinture et Sculpture de Cholet, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

My work has been reviewed in "Watermedia Focus" (April 2001) and "Palette Magazine" (Aprol 2003 and August 2004). I have been interviewed and reviewed several times in "Le Courrier de l'Ouest" in France during 2004-2005 and by FR3 Pays de Loire.

© All of the images on this website are copyrighted original artworks by their author and are protected by international copyright law. No materials in this gallery may be reproduced, copied, downloaded, or used in any form without written permission of the contemporary artist Robert Lysiak.
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