Lynne Wixon South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
I am a professional Artist living in South Yorkshire and I work full time from my studio in Sheffield. I graduated from Psalter Lane Art College in 1982 and have been painting ever since. I have exhibited widely in the UK. I have been selected for the Threadneedle prize in the past and I am represented in Brookyn, New York by Collier West after a 3 month residency in Redhook.
I have travelled most of the East coast of the Uk as part of my UK coastal tour. 'Littoral Structures' is a collection of paintings reflecting the relationship between land and sea and the man made structures that have evolved from it. I visit an area for a few weeks and then spend the rest of the year painting, exhibiting essentially within the locality of the town or area. The journeys continuous progress has become part of the project bringing aspects of social and physical change depending on the economics of the coastal town. Mostly I have witnessed the financial decline and deterioration which I am now starting to include in my observations. Nevertheless I am always excited by the next leg of the journey.
In 2016 I had the opportunity to spend three months working in Brooklyn, New York and took a break from the tour. I was initially interested in the water front structures in the old dock area of Red hook. This area was on the cusp of great change at the time and disappearing fast. It was clear to me the subject of gentrification was becoming more interesting and I completed a body of work recording the area and adjacent neighbourhoods. I soon found that a binary opinion is hard to settle on. The work is ongoing and I visit (finances allowing) about once a year.
The two projects now run concurrently and I am represented by Collier West, Brooklyn.