Independent Curatorial Advisor/Artist Consultant/Professional Artist/Painter/Photographer/Sculptor
Julius Lyles lives and works in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cleveland State University in the discipline of Photography & Sculpture. He is also a recipient of a master's degree from the University of Akron in Arts Administration. His work has been featured at several galleries all through out Ohio and has exhibited in solo shows and group exhibitions in Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Atlanta, New York and Chicago.
Creating works in Assemblage, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography and Sculpture, Julius Lyles is one of the most innovative multimedium artists exhibiting. His artistic strategy is provocative, innovative, aggressive, colorful, diverse and complex. Lyles has developed an expanded practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Founder of the non-profit, LYLESART, Lyles is the executive director of the Cleveland community based organization.
Lyles interest in a critique of social practice, shared economies and the question of objects in relation to political and cultural thought. Lyles readdresses the ongoing struggle for civil rights and many of the works have special iconic significance in relation to particular episodes in recent American history.
"Over the past six years, I have focused all of my curatorial and solo exhibitions around a general theme of social visual media with detail towards racial identity, social and institutionalized inequality, individual and organized racism and political dysfunction. I strive for internal change within self and the process of creating is extremely therapeutic, thus transcending in my artistic vision. Each image represents a rather acute outlook, in which either color, stroke or composition evokes socio-cultural change or socio-cultural change affects theoretical development. These reciprocal representations of the abstract transform our everyday life."
~ J. M. LYLES