San Francisco

Demetrios Lyras

The St. John Gallery

Mr. Lyras’ paintings in oil essay a flat, hard-edged primitivism made lyrical and moodful by refined nuances of linear syntax and dark luminous colors. Mr. Lyras is most successful in setting austere Byzantine figures against dark antique interiors or moonlit nocturnal landscapes. His work in the latter vein is reminiscent of Rousseau.

Palmer D. French