Robin Gibson Gallery

modern + contemporary

elwyn-lynn

Elwyn Lynn

Mountains & Black Sun 1987
86×114cm mixed media on paper


Elwyn Lynn

paper & canvas

3 – 28 July 2021

Elwyn Lynn (1917-1997) occupied a remarkable position in Australian art of the second half of the 20thC.

In 1958, Lynn visited Europe, where the walls and buildings of many major cities still bore the scars of the dreadful destruction of the Second World War. He also attended the Venice Biennale, where he saw the works of the emerging matter painters, including Antoni Tapies, who were being exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion. These experiences exerted an indelible influence on Lynn. He felt that it was impossible, now, to create paintings that calmly tinkered with formal arrangements, or which confined themselves to beguiling but innocuous subject matter. Lynn turned to unconventional painting media and above all to expressive surfaces to construct metaphors for human suffering and endurance. Most of his work was essentially abstract, although a sense of the landscape is often evoked “ a landscape disfigured, torn and corrugated by time and geomorphic stresses.

The later work of Lynn maintained his interest in damaged and shredding surfaces, and his frequent and adventurous use of assemblage elements. These late works were also marked by an expressionist vehemence and a daring informality.

As well as his considerable achievements as a painter, Elwyn Lynn was also of central importance in Australian art as a writer, and art critic, President of the Contemporary Art Society (NSW Branch), Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council and for fourteen years, and Curator of the Power Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Sydney. His awards include the Wynne Prize for landscape painting in 1988, an Australia Council Emeritus Award in 1994, and a Membership of the Order of Australia in 1975. In 1991, the Art Gallery of New South Wales mounted a comprehensive Retrospective Exhibition of his work. “Elwyn Lynn: Metaphor and Texture”, a major study of his work, was published by Craftsman House in 2002.

Peter Pinson

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Elwyn Lynn

White Rainbow & Red Cloud 1985
84×91cm mixed media on canvas

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Elwyn Lynn

Honky Tonk Blues 1994
75×120cm mixed media on canvas


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Elwyn Lynn

Wagga Crow 1994
77×112cm mixed media on canvas

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Elwyn Lynn

Doubtful Rainbow & Ark 1991
150×150 mixed media on canvas

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Elwyn Lynn

The Leaden Echo & The Golden Echo 1981
101×130cm mixed media on canvas

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Elwyn Lynn

Desert Descent 1983
85×100cm mixed media on canvas

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Elwyn Lynn

Squares with Scribble 1996
60×75cm mixed media on canvas

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Elwyn Lynn

Libro Rum 1970
49×65cm mixed media on paper

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Elwyn Lynn

Corsica 1983
56×76cm mixed media on paper

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Elwyn Lynn

Look down look down that lonesome road if you travel alone near Gundagai 1990
137×167cm mixed media on canvas

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Elwyn Lynn

Fallow Field 1994
77×112cm mixed media on canvas

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all works are ready to hang – works on paper are framed

Elwyn Lynn CV


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