Colin Lyall

Contemporary Drawing
Tel – 07971 806623

My work draws from a range of visual influences including: urban calligraphy, primitive symbols, street graffiti, lost languages, sci-fi nostalgia and the colloquial language of the fairground seaside graphic.

I try to explore and express the bombardment of conflicting visual iconography and emotive symbols cognisant in all our daily lives. I believe that the drawings I produce reflect the diversity and quantity of visual information, each of us has to process each day. Every journey involves contact with a multitude of signs and messages from road signs to product promotion, from the compelling furniture of the controlled environment to the ubiquitous language of logo.

The complexity of imagery produced reflects the all-pervasive influence of human infestation and its influence on planet Earth. My concern is to explore and ultimately represent the inevitable constructional dimension to human endeavours, the act of “doing”. Icons emerge of compacted regurgitation, repetition and congestion, seemingly all invasive, relentless and ultimately destructive.

The work expresses an all consuming cancer of form, the true signature of human intervention, incorruptible, driven, ruthless, and resulting in contrivances of impoverished beauty. Images of dominance, arrogance that is arbitrary, the order of modernism revealed as fake. Many elements within the drawings represent the cascading destruction of institutional dominance and control. not through random failures but through orchestrated decline.

Cultural, religious and societal institutions crumble, standing only as templed fairground facades of control. My aim is to take the post-modernist world of hyper-reality and re-process it through the human psyche using the simplest of art materials, the pencil. In doing so I feel that in some strange way I am able to claim back from the hyper-virtual world, self generating around us, a sense of humanity.

With global logo-ism and the virtual worlds processing of us all as individuals irrespective of national boundaries, it is our common humanity that must inevitably guide and inform our understanding of the world and our place in it.