James Lynch was born in 1956 and has been painting professionally for
thirty years. From his first sell-out exhibition in the 1980ís he went
on to win awards and prizes from the Royal Academy, the Elizabeth
Greenshields Foundation and the Spectator. His patrons include the
National Trust, the Folio Society and many eminent private collectors.
He exhibits regularly with the Maas Gallery in London.
He mixes traditional gesso from raw ingredients and makes his paint according to Quattrocento recipes, using pure ground pigments, egg yolk and water. The paint is built up in thin layers and the surface hardens to one of the most durable and lightfast there is, with a sheen which gives a translucent glow to the colours.
"One can hardly imagine a more laborious, slow-maturing process. It
probably accounts for the extraordinary sense of balance Lynch achieves
in his work as though he is placing us at the still centre of the moving
James has a
studio which commands breathtaking views over Kingís Sedgemoor towards
Glastonbury Tor. His interest in paragliding provides inspiration for his paintings.
"Born in 1956, a few months before John Minton died, the painter
James Lynch is too young to have been affected directly by the work of
that English school of artists which included Minton, John Craxton,
Michael Ayrton and Keith Vaughan and who were known collectively as the
Neo-Romantics, however in many senses he seems to belong with them.
Partly no doubt this is because of his eccentric artistic formation,
away from the normal art school channels by which the prevailing
fashions are by and large transmitted."