Whyn Lewis

Scotland / °1973 /
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Whyn Lewis was born in Edinburgh in 1973 and is perhaps best known for her unique and almost obsessive paintings of whippets. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1995 and has since had seven solo shows in the UK. She has won several awards including five from the Royal Scottish Academy and currently shows her work with Portal Painters in London.

As well as by subject, Whyn’s paintings tend to be recognizable by the strong and highly detailed forms of animals drawn against plain, layered background colors. She uses the shapes and symbolism of the animals as narrative, sometimes introducing clues in the form of small jewel-like objects hanging from the subjects’ collars. Whyn’s work has been shown in Scotland, England and the USA.
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Whyn’s paintings feature particular animals depicted against backgrounds of a single color which is built up of many layers of paint. She uses the shapes and symbolism of the animals as narrative sometimes introducing clues in the form of small trinkets and jewel-like objects hanging from the subjects’ collars.

Her paintings are constantly evolving and now her subject matter has broadened to include animals other than dogs – deer, a field mouse, magpies.

Whyn Lewis' paintings are beautifully executed in jewel-like colors, she often uses lapis lazuli paint, but also the works say much about the human condition and our relationships with one another.

Whyn's paintings have been used for the covers of two cds, the first in 2004 for a Piano Magic Ep - "Saint Marie", and then in 2005 when her Mother - Vashti Bunyan released her first album in 35 years "Lookaftering" and Whyn’s painting ‘Run’ was used on the cover. Vashti Bunyan's latest Album 'Heartleap' (October 2014) features Whyn's painting 'Hart's Leap'.
(http://portalpainters.co.uk/ArtistDetail/ArtistID/30)
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