Painting Without Brushes: Jon Byrer’s “Puddle Paintings” at Camden Library

CAMDEN – Camden Public Library will host Midcoast visual artist Jon Byrer for an exhibition of his signature “Puddle Paintings” in the Picker Room Gallery, August 2-30. The exhibition is an opportunity for the community to see a large collection of Byrer’s work in person and find out what makes his “liquid moments of thick, swirling paint” so special.

The public is invited to meet Byrer when he welcomes artists on Saturday August 6, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the library.

Byrer’s technique for creating his works is unique: he does not use brushes and he never touches the canvas.

“Puddle paintings are created by using a cup to pour numerous puddles of enamel paint onto the canvas until the entire surface is covered with a glossy layer,” Bryer said in a statement. CPL press. “As the puddle of paint dries, it develops a glass-like smoothness, freezing the mottled colors and imparting a dreamlike quality to the images.”

Byrer’s subjects run the gamut from landscapes to portraits to still life.

“My goal is to reinvent how to create paintings of familiar scenes of Maine magic and capture the splendor of everyday life,” says Byrer.

Jon Byrer is a graduate of Maine College of Art where he earned a degree in photography and studied fine art. Byrer creates oil paintings, experimental photographs and watercolor illustrations.

More information about Byrer and his work can be found at

A portion of sales from Byrer’s art exhibition will benefit the Camden Public Library.

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