FROSTBURG — Frostburg State University’s Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery will host an exhibit by sculptor and painter John Lyon Paul, “Spun From Light, Woven in Silence.” The opening reception will be held Sept. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 22.
For the gallery’s first exhibit of the 2019-2020 academic year, Paul’s color-filled paintings are a unique expression of color painted on plate glass or clear Mylar.
Paul’s technique lays the color down “in reverse” so that the layer painted first — even if painted over later — is what the viewer sees on the other side of the glass. Light travels through the painting, illuminating the artwork from behind and within as the colors and light play off one another.
These paintings “grow like crystals,” said Paul of his most recent series. “The multi-textured results are extraordinarily fresh, immediate and luminous.”
Paul began creating his artwork during the same time that he began meditating, resulting in a pivotal connection between spirituality and his art. Reminiscent of stained-glass windows in churches, the spiritual nature of Paul’s work reflects an empathy and deep concern for his fellow human beings, instead of traditional religious expression.
Working in his large studio in the countryside above Ithaca, New York, Paul is equally adept at sculpting and painting. His work frequently appears in juried and invitational shows as well as solo exhibitions across the country.
The Roper Gallery, located in FSU’s Fine Arts Building, is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays. For more information, contact the Department of Visual Arts at 301-687-4797.