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Amarillo
 
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Caballo De Vida
 
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El Caballo CLoseup
 
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White Daisies
 
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Lynda Cookson Paintings
On a deeper level than the notions of freedom and rebellion, incorporating colour and movement, Cookson works with what she terms the 'behind music'; she works with the masks of protection and the layers of learning people develop and build up through their lives; and she works with how they learn to live with those masks and layers; and how they achieve their wisdom.The ‘behind music’ she refers to is all the parts of a symphony concert in their separate forms, all the patterns of sound, the individual notes, the individual instruments, the emotions elicited, the energy expended and the people involved, which unite to make the complete piece of music so beautiful, soul-reaching, acceptable and exciting to the masses of people who listen to it. The parallel is the lives people are living, learning and sculpting to make themselves better and more wise; to make themselves more beautiful, valuable and acceptable to the society they belong in, while still coping with the energy needed to smooth out every-day stresses in meeting their challenges.Cookson's recent work has been influenced by Irish painter Louis le Brocquy. Other influences include Kenneth Webb, Jack Yeats and Matisse. Memories of Picasso slip in now and then.Cookson says of her methods and techniques: 'True inspiration comes when I am excited by a subject to the point of sleeping badly at night and (preserve me!) wanting to get up early in the morning. I use oils, sometimes acrylics, on artist-prepared stretched linen canvas or linen-covered board, occasionally using my own handmade paper and various fabrics for texture beneath the paint. I like the surface to have a ‘tooth’. Much of my work is done with palette knives and brushes but I also use sponges, my fingers, pieces of cardboard, paper table napkins and scrunched plastic. In fact, whatever is to hand in the moment of need! My work tends to be colourist in that I build up layers of pure colour often allowing the lower layer to show through, giving movement and life to the painting. 'I use my imagination, freedom of colour and stroke-movement, to bring my art to life, finding inspiration in the unexpected and in the use of ‘rebellious’ colours.'Once the painting is complete it's important for me to be impelled to look at it again and again and to feel the butterflies of pleasure in what has been created – otherwise I paint over it again!'August 2007
 
Education:
Michaelis School of Art, Cape Town, South Africa GMIT, Galway, Ireland
 
Selected Commissions/collections:
South Africa : Mr D Bose (3 paintings)
South Africa : Mrs B de Villiers (2 paintings)
United Kingdom : Mr A Firth (1 painting)
South Africa : Mr Victor Ferraz (1 charcoal sketch)
Ireland : Ms Joanna Hannick (1 painting)

 
Single Exhibitions:
March 2008 : Sala Barna, Barcelona, Spain
July 2008 : 'Dancing On Sunshine' Radisson SAS Hotel, Galway
August 2008 : @Taking Equestrian Art into the 21st Century'Radisson SAS Hotel, Galway
March 2007 : Anton’s Café, Galway
September 2006 : Fisheries Tower, Galway
August 2006 : Airfield Trust, Dublin
October 2005 : Munch, Woodquay, Galway
Aug 2005 : St Patrick’s Trian, Armagh City
July-Oct 2003 : The Boat Inn, Oughterard, Co Galway
Nov 2003 : Galway Library, Solo Exhibition
 
Group Exhibitions:
March, May, Sept, Oct 2007 : Group exhibitions, Sala Barna, Barcelona, Spain
December 2006 : Christmas Group Exhibition, Bold Gallery, Galway
July 2006 : The River Walk Exh, Project 06/Galway Arts Week
March 2006 : Group exhibition, Sala Barna, Barcelona, Spain
March 2006 : Group exhibition 8x8, Fisheries Tower, Galway
February 2006 : Group exhibition, Bold Art Gallery “Floral Collage”
Dec 2005 : Represented Ireland at Florence Biennale, Italy
June 2005 : Art in the West, Galway
May 2005 : Sala Barna, Barcelona, Spain
Feb to end May 2005 : Original Oil Print Collection at Central Bank, Dublin
Nov 2004 : Art Ireland Autumn Collection, Dublin
Nov 2004 : Athenry Library, Co. Galway, Group exhibition
June, Aug, Sept 2004 : People’s Art, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin
June/July 2004 : Woman’s Panorama Exh, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa
May 2004 : Art Ireland Summer Collection, Dublin
April/May 2003 : Inst Exh “Crossing/Knotting”, Nordbahnhof Stn, Berlin
1999 to 2001 : Various venues in Johannesburg, Greyton and Cape Town, in South Africa; and Swakopmund in Namibia
 
Artist's Statement:
True inspiration comes when I am excited by a subject to the point of sleeping badly at night and (preserve me!) wanting to get up early in the morning – I believe that a good dose of humour is very important, as a leveler, here and there in whatever I do. I mainly use oils and acrylics on my own stretched linen ‘canvas’ or linen-covered board, sometimes using my own handmade paper and various fabrics for texture beneath the paint. I like the surface to have a ‘tooth’. Most of my work is done with palette knives and brushes but I also use sponges, my fingers, pieces of cardboard, paper table napkins and scrunched plastic. In fact, whatever is to hand in the moment of need! As a 'colourist' my paintings are generally of the cheerful variety, usually with layers of colour built up, often allowing the lower layer to show through, giving movement and life to the painting.I prefer art to be a representation of my subject – using more imagination and freedom of colour and movement to bring it to life, rather than realism and fine detail. I find excitement in the unexpected and in rebellious colours.Once the painting is complete it's important for me to be impelled to look at it again and again and to feel the butterflies of pleasure in what has been created – otherwise I paint over it again!
 
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