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ASK THE ARTIST: 12 Questions & A Joke with Brent Lynch

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

ASK THE ARTIST: 12 QUESTIONS & A JOKE,

is an opportunity for our gallery supporters, friends and clients to get to know our artists a little better. It’s a fun way to get a glimpse into the personalities of the artists and at the same time connecting the artist with their art.

Hope you enjoy!! Ida Victoria


Brent Lynch has enjoyed a distinguished and award-winning career in the arts for over 35 years. His early works ranged from large-scale murals to books, magazine and record cover illustrations. He was commissioned to produce numerous paintings for publication featuring national and international events including sports, tourism, opera, dance and theater productions. His innovative and unique work was recognized worldwide and honored with many prestigious communication arts awards for illustration and design.

The power and energy of Brent’s figurative and landscape works are a result of his need to draw and compose from life. Whether life drawing in the studio or painting in the field, it is the immediate, raw connections with the subject that is the cornerstone of his work. For over three decades, Brent has been inspired by the Mexican people and their land. He continually strives to capture the energy, light and spirit of the Baja with his dynamic use of color and daring compositions. Brent’s original and published works are found in numerous corporate, government and private collections.


BRENT WORKING ON A LARGE CANVAS
BRENT WORKING ON A LARGE CANVAS

“In the last decade, I’ve purposely slowed down to paint some decent pictures and not to miss the moment. After a whirlwind trip through the noise of the arts and the world at large, surviving it, its’ a gift to have the opportunity”. -Brent Lynch


Q If there was a favorite work of art you could hang or display in your home, which would it be?

BL’The Raft of the Medusa’ by Jean Louis Gericault…he kinda’ nailed the human condition


THE RAFT OF THE MEDUSA. Théodore Géricault. Oil on canvas 16′ 1 × 23′ 6 inches, 1818-1819
THE RAFT OF THE MEDUSA. Théodore Géricault. Oil on canvas 16′ 1 × 23′ 6 inches, 1818-1819
“The Raft of the Medusa is an oil painting by the French Romantic painter Théodore Géricault, that was completed when the artist was 27. The work has become an icon of French Romanticism, depicting a moment from the aftermath of the wreck of the French naval frigate Méduse, which ran aground off the coast of today’s Mauritania on 2 July 1816. Géricault chose to depict this event in order to launch his career with a large-scale uncommissioned work on a subject that had already generated great public interest. The event fascinated him, and before he began work on the final painting, he undertook extensive research and produced many preparatory sketches. He interviewed two of the survivors and constructed a detailed scale model of the raft. He visited hospitals and morgues where he could view, first-hand, the colour and texture of the flesh of the dying and dead. As he had anticipated, the painting proved highly controversial at its first appearance in the 1819 Paris Salon, attracting passionate praise and condemnation in equal measure. However, it established his international reputation, and today is widely seen as seminal in the early history of the Romantic movement in French painting. Although The Raft of the Medusa retains elements of the traditions of history painting, in both its choice of subject matter and its dramatic presentation, it represents a break from the calm and order of the prevailing Neoclassical school.” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Raft_of_the_Medusa

Q If there was one dead artist that you could hang out with for a day, who would that be? Why?

BL Rembrandt for certain…he is God. Arguably the greatest technician of painting and way ahead of his time in regard to how he viewed the world around him. The problem is that his paintings do not translate well in books so most people have never actually “seen” a Rembrandt, as far as I’m concerned. When I was 18 I had my first encounter of his originals at the Rijksmuseum and was blown out of the room!


Rembrandt’s “Self Portrait with Two Circles” and one of his most famous works “The Night Watch.”  “A painting is complete when it has the shadows of a god.” “Choose only one master – Nature.” “Without atmosphere a painting is nothing.”  – Rembrandt, Dutch artist 1606-1669
Rembrandt’s “Self Portrait with Two Circles” and one of his most famous works “The Night Watch.” “A painting is complete when it has the shadows of a god.” “Choose only one master – Nature.” “Without atmosphere a painting is nothing.” – Rembrandt, Dutch artist 1606-1669

FISHERMEN AT PALMILLA. Brent Lynch. Oil on prepared board 16 x 20 inches
FISHERMEN AT PALMILLA. Brent Lynch. Oil on prepared board 16 x 20 inches

Q If there were a magic power you could use in your art making, what would it be?

BL To produce powerful images while sleeping.


BRENT’S AMAZING STUDIO IN NANOOSE BAY, BC.
BRENT’S AMAZING STUDIO IN NANOOSE BAY, BC.

Q If we were going to talk about your art, where would you want to start?

BL Lynch is a storyteller.


EASTER LILLIES. Brent Lynch. oil on prepared board 18 x 24 inches
EASTER LILLIES. Brent Lynch. oil on prepared board 18 x 24 inches

Q What quality in others makes you want to slap them?

BL Arrogance and presumption, they’re one in the same.


LAST LIGHT OVER SAN JOSE. Brent Lynch. oil on prepared board 16 x 20 inches
LAST LIGHT OVER SAN JOSE. Brent Lynch. oil on prepared board 16 x 20 inches

Q Art is so subjective, what kind of art is unappealing to you?

BL Bad art.


MOST RECENT WORKS THAT JUST ARRIVED AT THE GALLERY: clockwise from top left: DUSK, NIGHT, MORNING & FULL MOON. Brent Lynch. oil on canvas 18 x 24 inches