I look at my canvas, not as a window drawing one into an intended narrative, but rather a unique composition of layers, texture, color and interplay of light and shadow that allows you to determine your own window of perception and react from an immediate visual impression.
Peter Lynn was born and raised in New York City. His parents were both artists who had first met at the Pratt School of Art. They encouraged Peters’ interest in Fine Art at an early age. Family vacations were creative holidays that also included sketching and painting the local scenes. Every year, the family participated in the Washington Square Art Outdoor Exhibit, where Peter sold his first painting at age 5.
Peter earned a BA, Magna Cum Laude with honors in Fine Arts, from Brandeis University and an MFA from the University of Iowa. While in graduate school, his studio work experimentation resulted in a non-objective progressive approach to contemporary abstract and representational art. Over the years he constantly refined his technique of first applying multiple layers of color and then covering the entire two-dimensional surface with thin, vertical, hand painted lines of varying opacity to create multidimensional tableau of color, light, shadow and texture.
Contemporary Artist Peter Lynn has always been inspired by the places he has lived and visited. As a New York City native, living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan for over 30 years, he was absorbed by the juxtaposition of the American experience evident in the neighborhoods and the historic architectural districts of lower Manhattan.
In the late 1970’s, the Lynns relocated to the Caribbean and opened an Art Gallery in Marigot, the then capital of French St. Martin. During frequent visits and extended stays, Peter produced a series of original paintings and art prints that incorporated influences of the island’s African, French, British, and Dutch heritage.
In 2012 Peter Lynn relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, a city that is renowned for one of the most original, diverse, contemporary art markets in the United States. The move was the result of a desire to return after extensive travels throughout the southwest United States and summers spent in Taos, NM throughout much of the 1990's.
Peter began to incorporate these experiences, subjects and imagery into his paintings while simultaneously maintaining the unique visual aspects of his work. He has also been keeping a photographic record of these changing landscapes and neighborhoods. This record allows him to continue to create these personal transcendant images, before gentrification, renovation and commercial development alter these special places forever.
Peter Lynn's Abstract Paintings today are derived from the richly textured and multi-layered landscapes and serescapes of the southwest. His work is included in many private, corporate and public collections and he's been represented in galleries throughout the United States, the West Indies, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Canada, Europe and his own studio gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Recently, in 2020, three of his paintings were added to the collection of a premier Caribbean island hotel.
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