Portrait of artist Mathew Lynn by photographer Ona Jansen
Artist Mathew Lynn lives and works in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney Australia. He is known mainly as a portraitist, working on public and private commissions in Australia and the UK, and has been a finalist many times (14) in the Archibald Prize for Portraiture, held annually at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Twice a runner-up and also voted Peoples Choice in this competition, the Archibald Prize has perhaps the highest profile of all Australian art prizes. He also won the Packers Prize in 2013 with a portrait of Tara Moss. His portraits can be found in major institutions, including the National Portrait Gallery Canberra and Government House Sydney, and he has been included on the register of artists for the Historic Memorials Committee (Australia Council for the Arts).
In June 2010 he won the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award (Bega Valley Regional Gallery) for his portrait of sinologist and author Pierre Ryckmans, judged by writer and art critic John McDonald. More recently he was a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize with his portrait of artist Ken Unsworth, and he was a finalist in the 2014 and 2016 Shirley Hannan Award.
His other works include landscapes, figurative works and sometimes a combination of both, and are generally oils or drawings. With these he is interested in a kind of heightened almost abstracted pure composition, which often looks at the way people inhabit and relate to the natural and man-made world, and especially where those two worlds come together. More recently he has been focusing on larger landscape and seascape works and larger expressive figurative works. He was a finalist in the 2016 Paddington Art Prize with a large seascape, representative of these larger ‘scape’ works to be shown in his forthcoming 2017 exhibition.
In 2012 and 2014 he was a finalist in the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, in 2012 a finalist in the final Dobell Prize for Drawing, in 2013 he was a finalist and commended in the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing and was also a finalist in 2014. Invited to submit for the 2013 Kedumba Drawing Award, his work was acquired by judge Angus Nivison for the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings.
In May 2013 he exhibited a selection of drawings and paintings with Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne – Mise en scène. In July 2013 he exhibited paintings in a group exhibition with Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney – Nocturne. In December 2013 he was invited by curator Rilka Oakley to exhibit drawings in a group exhibition at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre – Keepsake. In September 2014 the official portrait was unveiled of Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO Governor of NSW. In 2015 he was one of 14 artists invited to submit a work for the Bell Shakespeare Company’s 25th anniversary celebrations, a nationally touring exhibition, The Art of Shakespeare. This painting of Lady Macbeth is representative of the newer strain of his figurative works.
2016 – Paddington Art Prize Finalist, Roast Fish and Cornbread (Coogee to Clovelly) (2016)
2016 – Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award Finalist, Inevitably (portrait of David Léha) (2016)
2015 – Calleen Art Award Finalist, Labyrinth (L’Origine du monde V) (2014)
2014 – Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award Finalist, Apprentice II (2014)
2014 – Archibald Prize Finalist, Swing (after Fragonard, portrait of Ken Unsworth) (2014)
2014 – Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award Finalist, Pierre Ryckmans I (2014)
2014 – Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing Finalist, Dormir, Luxembourg Gardens (2013)
2013 – Kedumba Drawing Award, invited artist, Final Night at Vulcans (2013)
2013 – Calleen Art Award Finalist, Crossing (2013)
2013 – Archibald Prize Finalist, winner Packers Prize, portrait of Tara Moss (2013)
2013 – Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing Finalist, Mère, Luxembourg Gardens III (2013)
2012 – Dobell Prize for Drawing Finalist, Afternoon, Luxembourg Gardens (2012)
2012 – Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award Finalist, Window (2012)
2012 – Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award Finalist, Ann Thomson II (2012)
2012 – Archibald Salon des Refusés, portrait of artist Ann Thomson (2012)
2010 – Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award finalist and winner, portrait of Pierre Ryckmans
2010 – City of Perth Black Swan Prize for Portraiture Finalist, Anna Volska II (2010)
2009 – Archibald Prize Finalist, Heiress (portrait of artist Joan Ross) (2009)
2007 – Archibald Prize Finalist, portrait of barrister Neville Wran (2007)
2005 – Archibald Prize Finalist, portrait of artist Wendy Sharpe (2005)
2004 – Archibald Prize Finalist, portrait of magistrate Pat O’Shane (2004)
2003 – Archibald Prize Finalist, portrait of curator Hetti Perkins (2003)
2002 – Archibald Prize Finalist, portrait of actress Anna Volska (2002)
2001 – Archibald Prize Finalist, portrait of curator Hetti Perkins (2001)
2001 – Sulman Prize Finalist, Terra Nullius (2001)
2000 – Archibald Prize Finalist, portrait of Dr John Yu (2000)
1999 – Archibald Prize Finalist, portrait of violinist Lucinda Moon (1999)
1998 – Archibald Prize Highly Commended, portrait of artist Guan Wei (1998)
1997 – Archibald Prize Runner-up and Peoples Choice, portrait of Jeanne Ryckmans (1997
- Mathew Lynn | Paddington Art Prize Finalist 2016
Roast Fish and Cornbread (Coogee to Clovelly), 2016
122x122cm oil on linen