Lydia Marek

Acrylic paintings with texture, bold colors and patterns of fluidity.

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“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?  Can one really explain this? No.  Just as one can never learn how to paint.” – Pablo Picasso

I was born in New York and have lived in Virginia for over 40 years. I retired from Virginia Tech as a Research Scientist five years ago and moved to Richmond. Having always been attracted to color, texture, and movement, when I began to paint, I found ways to incorporate these into my pieces.  I work primarily with acrylics as they allow me to develop vibrantly colored paintings that showcase different strokes, techniques of paint use, various textured mediums, resulting in a dynamic piece that speaks to me.  I love working with people to design commission pieces so that we can co-create something totally new!

I have had the opportunity to show my work in several successful solos and group shows in Richmond and New York over the past several years including but not limited to Crossroads Art Center, ArtWorks, Gallery 23, Innovista Law, Brooklyn Waterfront Association, Bimmer Rescue, and Black Iris Social Club as well as being a West Elm LOCAL maker at West Elm Richmond and West Elm Virginia Beach. 

 “I typically approach my painting with an idea of a color palette and sometimes include textured mediums and then the paintings develop in an organic way.  I pull colors, layer, and layer, and sometimes pour paint and spray while watching the paints puddle and move. Layering paint and using different mediums and strokes ends up with a lot of texture and movement.  I hope others get a sense of color, play, and dynamism when they look at my work.”