Over the last thirty years James Lynch has gained a reputation as one of the country’s leading landscape and animal painters. His egg tempera paintings of rural England, and his depictions of dramatic weather and seasonal light are reminiscent of the English Romantics, echoing themes of painters such as Samuel Palmer, Ravilious and Minton.
In the Renaissance tradition, James Lynch makes his own egg tempera paint, combining raw pigment with egg yolks. The translucency of the egg tempera allows the bright gesso ground to reflect ambient light through the pigments, and gives the paintings an otherworldly luminosity.
James Lynch (b.1956) grew up in Wiltshire and now lives and works in Somerset. His work is included in the National Trust collections at Kingston Lacy, Wimpole Hall, and Chartwell. Awards include; the Elizabeth Greenshields bursary (83’), the Royal Academy Award for watercolour (86’) and the Spectator Art Award (93’).
In June 2017 a major new commission, Looking South from Stoke Camp, was unveiled at the re-opening of the Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury.