Dena Lyons is an American contemporary artist known for her colourful paintings of trees. Lyons’ thoughtful sensibility, the colour choices and dynamic brushwork, are a reflection of her adventurous journey through life.
Born in 1980, in Boca Raton, southern Florida, Dena Lyons started taking painting lessons and was encouraged to apply for the local arts magnet program at the age of 12. Lyons graduated from the prominent Dreyfoos School of the Arts in 1998. In the same year, she was awarded a merit scholarship to the well-respected Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing in Aix en Provence, and moved to France to continue her studies. In 2002, on a merit scholarship Dena attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned a BFA. At the same time, Floridian artist was awarded merit scholarships to study painting at Ox-Bow in Michigan.
After completing her formal education, Dena Lyons returned to France. Supporting herself with plain air painting, she spent 5 years exploring the country she had fallen in love with years before for both its stunning beauty and energizing artistic inspiration. For the past several years Dena has maintained both US and French residency while continuing to pursue painting in France which is her primary residence and choice for living and working.
Dena Lyons creates thoughtful and monumental works of art by using a simple object, a tree alone which she calls Portraits of Trees. Featuring trees of different sorts, shapes and colours, her works revolves around la joie de vivre. Usually made with oil and wax on canvas, Dena’s paintings are dynamic, figurative pieces, full of energy, and defined by subtle color choices.
“I choose to personify trees because they are expressive, colorful and very often overlooked, but vital components of nature.” – Dena Lyons
Lyons’ organic sensibility is influenced by the Fauvist style, especially Andre Derain, her form of abstract interpretation allows a journey through the form, colors, and brushwork into a world of sensations. Each Portrait of a tree represents a different aspect of the human condition: desire, hope, humility, and revery, among others.
Dena Lyons’ Portraits of Trees has been the basis for her new path in the fashion industry, she merges art and fashion in beautiful scarves that could be uses as a dress, as well. For her new line of silk scarves, Dena is collaborating with Roberto Cavalli on the designs which take her imagery from her paintings and transfer them onto silk. Latterly, her scarves has been included in numerous fashion shows including one at the Lighthouse Arts Museum.
Represented by the Marin Price Gallery in the Washington DC area, and Galerie Villa Köppe in Berlin, Germany, Dena has participated in many solo and group exhibitions at USA and abroad, including Gregory Gaymont Gallery, Addington Gallery, Gallerie MK in Chicago, Rome Art Coterie, Rome, Italy, and Galerie Imprevu, Honfleur, France, amongst others.
Her works of art are owned by respected collectors around the world, including Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Nippon Steel and Chateau Bois Guilbert. Lyons received the mayor’s medal of excellence for her opening in Beausoleil.
She is a member of the International Association of Fine Arts in Monaco.
Dena Lyons currently lives and works in Monaco.
|2014||Affordable Art Fair||Maastricht, Holand||Group|
|2014||Dena Lyons||Palm Beach Cultural Council, Lake Worth, Florida||Solo|
|2013||Wurzel weit mehr Aufmerksamkeit Widmen (5), Berlin Art Week||Shift, Berlin||Group|
|2013||Wurzel weit mehr Aufmerksamkeit Widmen (6), Berlin Art Week||Museum Lytke, Leipzig||Group|
|2013||Dena Lyons||NMA Studio, New York, New York||Solo|
|2013||Dena Lyons||Auditorium Rainier III, Monte Carl, Monaco||Solo|
|2013||Dena Lyons||Light Space and Time Gallery, Florida||Solo|
|2013||Dena Lyons||Galerie du Service Culturel, Beausoleil, France||Solo|
|2013||Dena Lyons||Light Space and Time Gallery, Florida||Solo|
|2013||Dena Lyons||ADC Inc, Cincinnatti, Ohio||Solo|
|2013||Dena Lyons||Chicago Pubic Library Lincoln Park Branch, Chicago, Illinois||Solo|
|2012||Oasis 2012||Osaka, Japan||Solo|
|2012||Dena Lyons||Quai des Artistes, Monaco||Solo|
|2012||Dena Lyons||Centre Gildo Pastor, Monaco||Solo|
|2012||Dena Lyons||Casa de Vacas, Madrid, Spain||Solo|
|2012||Dena Lyons||Reijinsha Co., Osaka, Japan||Solo|
|2012||Dena Lyons||Beverly Art Center, Chicago, Illinois||Solo|
|2011||Dena Lyons||Polpetta, Monaco||Solo|
|2011||Dena Lyons||Art de Triumph, Chicago, Illinois||Solo|
|2011||Dena Lyons||Gallery Swarm, Chicago, Illinois||Solo|
|2011||Dena Lyons||Marin Price Gallery, Chevy chase, Maryland||Solo|
|2011||Dena Lyons||Beverly Art Center, Chicago, Illinois||Solo|
|2010||Dena Lyons||Rome Art Coterie, Rome, GA||Solo|
|2010||Dena Lyons||Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2010||Dena Lyons||Gallerie MK, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2010||Dena Lyons||Gregory Gaymont Gallery Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2010||Dena Lyons||St. Louis Artist's Guild, St. Louis, MO||Solo|
|2010||Dena Lyons||Swedish Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2010||Dena Lyons||Robert Morris College, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2010||Dena Lyons||Town School of Folk, Music Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2009||Dena Lyons||Black Walnut Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2009||Dena Lyons||Gregory Gaymont Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2009||Dena Lyons||Illnois Institute of Art, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2008||Dena Lyons||Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2008||Dena Lyons||Union Leage Club, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2007||Dena Lyons||Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2007||Dena Lyons||Peter Jones Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2007||Dena Lyons||Karen Lynne Gallery, Boca Raton, FL||Solo|
|2006||Dena Lyons||Lurie Fine Art Gallery, Boca Raton, FL||Solo|
|2006||Dena Lyons||Marin- Price Galleries, Chevy Chase, MD||Solo|
|2005||Dena Lyons||Drawing, and Painting Exhibition, West Palm Beach||Solo|
|2005||Dena Lyons||Marin- Price Galleries, Chevy Chase, MD||Solo|
|2004||Dena Lyons||Galerie Tuffier, Les Andelys, France||Solo|
|2004||Dena Lyons||L'Espace de Judaism, Toulouse, France||Solo|
|2004||Dena Lyons||Hotel Duranti, Toulouse, France||Solo|
|2004||Unknown||Galerie Tuffier, Les Andelys, France||Group|
|2004||Unknown||Hotel Duranti, Toulouse, France||Group|
|2003||Dena Lyons||Chateau Bois Guilbert, Bois Guilbert, France||Solo|
|2003||Dena Lyons||Fututre Art and Frame, Hillsboro Beach, Florida||Solo|
|2003||Dena Lyons||Hibel Gallery, Boynton Beach, Florida||Solo|
|2003||Dena Lyons||Ken Elias: Habitat Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida||Solo|
|2003||Dena Lyons||Northern Trust Bank, Boca Raton, Florida||Solo|
|2003||Unknown||Future Art and Frame, Hillsboro Beach, Florida||Group|
|2002||Dena Lyons||Galerie Imprevu, Honfleur, France||Solo|
|2002||Dena Lyons||Jardin Pays D’Auge Cambremer, France||Solo|
|2002||Dena Lyons||Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois||Solo|
|2002||Dena Lyons||Chicago Public Library, Uptown Branch, Chicago, Illinois||Solo|
|2002||Dena Lyons||Nippon Steel Corporate Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois||Solo|
|2002||Dena Lyons||Field’s Project, Oregon, Illinois||Solo|
|2002||Dena Lyons||Anshe Shalom Synagogue, Chicago, Illinois||Solo|
|2002||Unknown||Galerie Imprevu, Honfleur, France||Group|
|2001||Dena Lyons||Ken Elias : Habitat Gallery West Palm Beach, Florida||Solo|
|2001||Dena Lyons||Gallery X Chicago, Illinois||Solo|
|2001||Dena Lyons||Art Windows, Chicago, Illinois||Solo|
|2001||Unknown||Gallery X, Chicago, Illinois||Group|
|2000||Dena Lyons||Ken Elias : Habitat Gallery, Chicago, Illinois||Solo|
|2000||Unknown||Ken Elias: Habitat Gallery, Chicago, Illinois||Group|
|1998||Dena Lyons||Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida||Solo|
|1998||Unknown||Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida||Group|