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Abbey Lyman

Abbey Lyman is an artist and an observational drawing and painting tutor based in Tamaki Makarau, Auckland. Graduating from AUT with a master’s in Visual Arts in 2019.


This continuous project of painting explores how a relationship between consonance and dissonance can operate as a dynamic interplay that is constantly at work during the process of painting. It also explores how this interaction operates as a constantly shifting aesthetic territory that is central to the life painting. This comes from questioning how decision-making processes accommodate incongruent qualities that work together to somehow open up possibilities. Looking at the relationship between a deeply rooted sense of order, the disruptive qualities that are continually emerging in the painting, and how this dynamic is used positively in the art to prevent the work from falling into a passive state of resolution.”

- Abbey Lyman