Amanda Van Gils and Mathew Lynn join Catherine Asquith Gallery

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Sunday 01 July 2012.

Amanda Van Gils and Mathew Lynn join Catherine Asquith Gallery image Amanda Van Gils and Mathew Lynn join Catherine Asquith Gallery image

Catherine Asquith Gallery is delighted to announce representation of 2 new artists, AMANDA VAN GILS and MATHEW LYNN.

Amanda van Gils

Born in Australia, Amanda van Gils obtained a Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts, Monash University Melbourne, 1989 and a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), also in Melbourne in 2000.

Since 2000, van Gils has exhibited in over 90 exhibitions in Australia and overseas. She has been a finalist in a number of national art prizes which include, amongst others: Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Whyalla Art Prize, Fleurieu Art Prize, John Leslie Art Prize, Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize, the Mosman Art Prize and Musswellbrook Art Prize.

Working primarily in oil painting, van Gils’ work deals with the pace of contemporary life through the genre of landscape painting. Focusing on the often disregarded and ordinary landscapes that are rushed past on the way to some undefined destination, her work draws together ideas of ‘landscape’ with how we experience nature in this busy digital age.

In addition to her own practice, van Gils has curated exhibitions, most recently the Exchange exhibition which incorporated an art swap amongst 55 artists from around Australia at Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough Qld (2011) and in 2010 the Net Work exhibition involving 38 contemporary artists at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

In 2010 van Gils relocated from Melbourne to Queensland where she now resides with her artist husband and their young son. “The In-Between Places” which is being shown at four Queensland galleries during 2012 – 2013 is her 17th solo exhibition.

Amanda’s forthcoming exhibition is scheduled for 19th February to 9th March 2013.

In the interim the gallery will hold selected works in the stockroom

Mathew Lynn

Mathew Lynn lives and works in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney Australia. He is primarily known as a portrait painter, working on public and private commissions in Australia and the UK. He is also known through his entries in the Archibald Prize for Portraiture, held annually at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. Twice a runner-up and also voted ‘Peoples Choice’ in this competition, the Archibald Prize has perhaps the highest profile of all Australian art prizes. His portraits can be found in major institutions, including the National Portrait Gallery Canberra, and he has been included on the register of artists for the Historic Memorials Committee (Australia Council for the Arts). Mathew Lynn also teaches portraiture, both drawing and painting.

In June 2010 he won the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award (held at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery), for his portrait of sinologist and author Pierre Ryckmans, judged by writer and art critic John McDonald.

In addition to his commission work, Mathew Lynn is currently working on two portrait projects; a series of portraits for the Royal New South Wales Regiment, and a series of portraits depicting descendants and elders from the Upper Blue Mountains Aboriginal Community.

As a landscape painter, his focus has been on a certain type of painting capturing transitory light, atmosphere and mood, often using simplified and sometimes abstracted forms, exploring the tension between pure composition, observed reality and the ephemeral. What is important for him is recreating that sudden flash of recognition having just experienced a beautiful or moving composition in the natural or man-made world, and especially where to two come together, very often bathed in a momentary fleeting light. These paintings are generally on an intimate scale and are inspired by familiar places observed at different times, and also places he has visited on his travels in Australia and abroad.

Mathew’s forthcoming exhibition is scheduled for 21st May to 8th June 2013.

In the interim the gallery will hold selected works in the stockroom

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