Lyle J. Salmi

Salmi’s paintings invoke a style that can be characterized as “Abstract Impressionism”, as they explore the reality somewhere between the physicality of a painterly surface and the suggestion of light and space somewhere beyond…

Salmi grew up enjoying the bountiful lakes, streams, and wilderness areas of northeastern Minnesota. It was the lasting impressions of this environment, along with living in the desert southwest, that were to later be infused with his understanding of contemporary abstract painting in order to lay the foundations for his abstract impressions of light and form. The artist enjoys part of the summer at his cabin on Bear Island Lake, a place that his family has owned since 1962. Salmi has also been inspired by visits to coastal Maine, and takes inspiration from the beauty of the natural settings.

Salmi’s paintings reveal his influences by artists such as Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Mark Rothko, Joan Mitchell, Wolf Kahn, and Susan Rothenberg.

Salmi’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States and his work is in both private and public collections including J.L. Hubbard, LL. Bean, and Anheuser Busch, Kennebunk State Bank, Rochester Institute of Technology, Illinois State University, and The Quincy Art Center. 

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