5 September – 6 October PREVIEW & SUPPER (optional): Wednesday 4 September WORKSHOP: One-day Egg Tempera Painting Course with James Lynch
James Lynch grew up in Wiltshire and lives in Somerset. Since his first sell-out exhibition in the West Country in the 1980s he has won awards, exhibited regularly in London and received many commissions from private clients and corporations. He is a painter of the English landscape who has spent years mastering the ancient medium of egg tempera. As part of our focus on this exacting technique, James will show a collection of new paintings nearly all of which are inspired by the area surrounding Messums Wiltshire.
He is a keen paraglider pilot and this ‘wild flying’ with buzzards inspires many of his landscape paintings and skyscapes. It is from his aeriel exploration of the landscape, suspended in a harness beneath his fabric wing, that James distills his luminescent paintings, including scenes of Mere Down, Berwick Combe and Woodminton Down.
Egg tempera is a medium, which is versatile, translucent and beautiful, particularly when capturing light and skies. James has developed this medium over many years – played with it and improvised – to develop an instantly recognisable style that perfectly captures his favourite landscape of Wiltshire. All his egg tempera paintings are made using pure ground pigments and egg yolks from his own hens. He makes the glue and gesso from the raw ingredients. The paintings are built up over time with many thin glazes of paint.