Featured Artist Jason Lyons

Artist Jason Lyons uses found objects to create organic sculptures based on forms found in the natural world. See more of his fascinating creations by visiting his website.


Found object sculpture of a fish by Jason Lyons

“The Desk Set” Found Object/Mixed Media, 20” x 8” x 16”


Since I can remember I have always been drawn to the natural world, either through time spent camping and hiking or days spent exploring the local junkyards and scrap piles. I joke that as a child, I was the one watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom instead of the local baseball game. At the same time, art—and the creation of it—was also a constant in my life where I preferred mediums which gravitated to 3-dimensional work.


Found object sculpture of a brook trout by Jason Lyons

“Brook Trout” Found Object/Mixed Media, 18” x 10” x 15”


Today, my inspiration comes from looking at the correlation between the “tools” and objects that have been created for human use and how these items can relate to organic shapes found in the natural world.


Found object sculpture of an alligator

“Alligator Gar” Found Object/Mixed Media, 84” x 14” x 16”


I look for these shapes buried within objects. I then utilize these shapes and reinterpret them into the anatomical structures that make up the organic sculptures I create.


Found object sculpture of a fly by Jason Lyons

“Fly on the Wall” Found Object/Mixed Media, 6” x 6” x 4”


Honoring the past histories and owners of the objects I use is a large part of what drives the creation of my sculptures. Who worked with a pruning saw to such an extent that it was left with a paint rubbed patina that can never be replicated? Or the child who enjoyed a toy car so that the wheels were literally worn away?


Found object sculpture of a Black Bass by Jason Lyons

“Black Bass” Found Object/Mixed Media, 20” x 10” x 24”


I can honestly say that not many of the toys I had as a child still exist. Therefore, I feel that by honoring these cherished items that belonged to others gives them new life through reinterpretation in my sculptures.


Found object sculpture of a hummingbird by Jason Lyons

Top: “Florence” Found Object/Mixed Media, 18” x 16” x 26”, Bottom: Detail of “Florence”


In the end, I am creating beauty from mundane everyday objects. Often, my sculptures are born from the inspiration of a single item. Additional materials are then gathered and added, and the vision grows from there.


Found object sculpture of a Guadeloupe Bass by Jason Lyons

“Guadeloupe Bass” Found Object/Mixed Media, 18” x 10” x 16”


As with any medium or vocation, one must always be learning. I believe with that with art, the artist is always evolving. It is human nature to expand one’s consciousness and look for new experiences. In my particular medium, I find that by introducing the use of new and varying materials in each piece—including, but not limited to such items as plastic fly swatters, wooden spoons and old pocket watches—I continually grow as a sculptor, learning new techniques and methods of working with known and unknown materials.


Found object sculpture of a salmon by Jason Lyons

“Boot Jack Salmon” Found Object/Mixed Media, 32” x 12” x 28”


This leads to the inimitable nature of my work and serves as a natural vehicle for continuous growth and development.


Found object sculpture of a hellgramite insect by Jason Lyons

“Hellgramite” Found Object/Mixed Media, 8” x 4” x 3”


Through my upbringing and an inherent passion for the discarded object, I have developed a unique perspective and talent to visually dissect, reinterpret and then repurpose the materials found in my sculptures. I look for the potential in every object to be a valuable contributor to the sculptures I create.


Artist Jason Lyons with one of his found objects

Artist Jason Lyons


The found object art approach is not new. In fact, it can be traced back centuries as a means for self-expression or a requirement of necessity. However, in this new age of materialism and consumerism, I feel that the last few decades have given the found object medium a new audience and resurgence. My unique combination of skills allows me to bring a perspective to an artistic approach that does not necessarily fall under the standards of fine art, fine craft and or into the usual art curriculums, breaking expected molds and forging new ones.


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  1. Valluri Venkata Swamy says

    wonderful sculpture please.

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