For Immediate Release:
August 12, 2019
Turning the New Leaf: Cyanotypes in the Modern Age
New works by Lesley Riley at The Byrne Gallery
The Byrne Gallery is proud to present “Turning the New Leaf: Cyanotypes in the Modern Age.” This exhibition of new work by Lesley Riley for the month of September 2019 explores her groundbreaking combination of the 150-year old cyanotype process with modern digital method. Lesley blends the classic and contemporary to create unique botanical art.
Please join us for a special reception for the artist on Saturday, September 14th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend! On Sunday, September 22nd from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Lesley will give an Artist Talk about her work and process. The show will open on September 4th and continue through September 29th.
Turning a New Leaf is Lesley’s first show at the Byrne Gallery. Lesley is a pioneer in taking the 150-year old cyanotype process into the modern digital age, blending the classic and contemporary to create truly unique botanical art.
To create these modern botanicals, Lesley combines the cyanotype process with a little water (wet cyanotype) and leaves gathered from across the world, to create carefully composed original cyanotype prints. Her color palette is expressionistic and is her own – a departure from the colors of the natural world.
These camera-less photographic blueprints become the bones for her subsequent digital artistry, combining layers of pattern and color culled from her own paintings, artwork and photographs. Lesley draws on her innate sense of composition, form and color to present stunning, large – and intimate – visions of enhanced natural beauty that transcend expectations.
Lesley Riley is an internationally known artist, instructor, and author of several books. Her works have appeared in many publications in the U.S. and abroad. She teaches workshops in the U.S. and in Europe. She is a former Contributing Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, and host of BlogTalk Radio’s “Art & Soul” podcast.
Don’t miss this splendid exhibit.
The Byrne Gallery is located at 7 West Washington Street in Middleburg, Virginia. Gallery hours are Monday and Tuesday by appointment only, Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at (540) 687-6986. www.byrnegallery.com