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"Paintings of Peter Lynch"
2003-02-25 until 2003-03-29
Andrew Mummery Gallery
London, , UK United Kingdom

Lynch deals directly with the act and substance of painting. He begins his work by layering oil paint and combing it across the canvas using a brush and a printing roller. He then scores his finger through the paint, something that started as a parody of modernism but has since become a signature of his work. The presence of the finger mark emphasises the relationship of the painter to the painted object and to the act of making. It also serves to intensify the physicality of the painting, highlighting visceral, sensual nature of the paint medium itself. Lynch's presence as "author" is unequivocally stated.

It would be a mistake to read Lynch's work purely in terms of the history of modernist abstraction or see it as purely "process painting". Although Lynch undoubtedly, and not always seriously, plays with modernist tropes, something more fundamental is going on here that relates to the whole history of painting and the very nature of the medium itself.

Peter Lynch was born in Burnley in 1971. He studied at Glasgow School of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. He now lives and works in London.

The Project Room

To accompany his exhibition, Peter Lynch has selected the artist Peter Macdonald to show in the gallery's project room. Macdonald makes drawings of landscapes that exist in the spaces between memory, legend and reportage. The minute shapes of false recollections are painstakingly recorded to reveal environments of physical and psychological unease, images that float between pedantic representation and the other-wordily scribbles of automatic writing.

Peter Macdonald was born in London in 1972 and studied Fine Art at Newcastle University. He now lives and works in London.


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