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What I say about myself:
I'm all about energy! That is probably why I love abstract work so much and why I challenge myself to find the "breeze", the movement of air, in everything I do ... whether subtle or "in your face".
I love working with palette knives as they prevent me from becoming too finicky about detail, allowing me to paint more impasto and to use suggestion instead of realism.
Colour has always been important to me. From the deep and raw colours of Africa, to the blues, greens and greys of Ireland, and I am now playing with slightly more muted colours, influenced by my time here in France. However, muted is a relative term and I doubt I will ever be a pastel person.
Recently I have found the freedom in my life to begin working more with abstract form ... and I'm loving it! I feel privileged to be able to work with abstract one day and then sit calmly at my easel and work with impressionist oil paintings the next day.
South African-born artist, Lynda Cookson, began her professional career as an artist in 1994 whilst living in Cape Town, South Africa. Her business Paperways was centred around handmade paper and collage until 1999 when she was able to devote her time to painting. She began as a watercolourist but swiftly moved on to painting the wildlife of Southern Africa using acrylic on canvas.
In 2001 Lynda moved to Ireland and settled in Connemara, Co Galway. It took a couple of years before she felt she had begun to absorb and take on some of her new environment and in that time she began to experiment with oil paints. Oils and palette knives have been her medium and tools of choice since that time.
Her painting style developed from her fascination with energy, texture and colour, and her paintings continue to express a strong sense of vitality. She aims to "catch the breeze" and capture the living energy in her subjects, believing that nothing is really that clear cut, smooth or perfectly still in life. Everything has a bit of a fuzzy edge and is affected by even the slightest movement of air.
As a creative painter, using subjective inspiration is merely a starting point for the painting to develop, and she often chooses to use pure, unmixed colour, letting it work its magic by sitting side by side with, or on top of, another colour.
In late 2014 Lynda and her husband moved to Brittany in France in order to make traveling Europe in their motorhome easier. They plan on returning to settle in Ireland once the traveling bug has settled.
Since 2011, many exhibitions in Ireland and recently some in Brittany in France, but I work with galleries in Washington DC, Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK.
July 2011 : Solo exh, D'Arcy Suite, Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway
October 2010 : Solo exhibition, Ballybane Library, Galway
August 2010 : Solo exhibition, St Patrick's Trian, Armagh, NI
July 2010 : Solo exh, D'Arcy Suite, Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway
July 2010 : Group exh, Moycullen SC, Galway
April 2010 : "Tea 'n Turps" Gallery 23, Kinsale
December 2009 : "Tea 'n Turps", SqSpace Gallery, Belfast, NI
December 2008 : Christmas Exhibition, SqSpace Gallery, Belfast, NI
December 2008 : Christmas Exhibition, Bold Art Gallery, Galway
September/October 2008 : 'About 12' group exhibition, SqSpace Gallery, Belfast, NI
September/October 2008 : Solo exhibition, Sala Barna, Barcelona, Spain
July 2008 : Solo exhibition for Galway Arts Festival at Radisson SAS
Hotel, Galway 'Dancing In Sunshine'
August 2008 : Solo exhibition for Galway Race Week at Radisson SAS
Hotel, Galway 'Taking Equestrian Art into the 21st
December 2007 : Angela Woulfe Gallery, Limerick
March 2007 : Anton's Café, Galway
December 2006 : Christmas Group Exhibition, Bold Gallery, Galway
September 2006 : Solo Exhibition, Fisheries Tower, Galway
July 2006 : The River Walk Exh, Project 06/Galway Arts Week
August 2006 : Solo Exhibition, Airfield Trust, Dublin
March 2006 : Group exhibition, Sala Barna, Barcelona, Spain
March 2006 : Group exhibition 8x8, Fisheries Tower, Galway
February 2006 : Group exhibition, Bold Art Gallery "Floral Collage"
Dec 2005 : Represented Ireland at Florence Biennale, Italy
October 2005 : Munch, Woodquay, Galway
Aug 2005 : Solo Exhibition : St Patrick's Trian, Armagh City
June 2005 : Art in the West, Galway
May 2005 : Sala Barna, Barcelona, Spain
Feb to end May 2005 : Original Oil Print Collection at Central Bank, Dublin
Nov 2004 : Art Ireland Autumn Collection, Dublin
Nov 2004 : Athenry, Co. Galway, Group exhibition
June, Aug, Sept 2004 : People's Art, St Stephen's Green, Dublin
June/July 2004 : Woman's Panorama Exh, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa
May 2004 : Art Ireland Summer Collection, Dublin
April/May 2003 : Inst Exh "Crossing/Knotting", Nordbahnhof Stn, Berlin
July to Oct 2003 : The Boat Inn, Oughterard, Co Galway
Nov 2003 : Galway Library, Solo Exhibition
1999 to 2001 : Various venues in Johannesburg, Greyton and
Cape Town, in South Africa; and Swakopmund in
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