In paintings by Artist Lynn Sivanand, elements merge with the mysterious logic of a dream. Images hover and appear to dissolve in pools of saturated colour. There is myth and memory: An orange grove, a deep sea dive, unfinished structures, swirling fog, the minarets of a mosque. Contrasting landscapes provide a rich blend of sensibilities.
Lynn’s canvases are colour fields suggestive of labyrinths, gardens and tapestries. Her art is organic, spontaneously transferring impulses and memories onto canvas. By painting instinctively and rapidly she manages to convey a sense of movement and feeling.
The open effervescence of her surreal paintings also encloses an insidious secret. They are like half remembered dreams, evocative of the transience of civilisation. Structures appear and disappear, dissipating into moving surfaces. Shifting skylines are reminiscent of buried histories and changing times.
Moving back to her hometown, Mumbai, Lynn is conscious of the pace of urban development. Horizons are telescoping inward with relentless growth and the annihilation of green spaces. Gardens and vibrant colours are memories of childhood. Her sweeping canvases conceal a loss of innocence. Beauty, youth and blamelessness are fleeting and we are only left with traces of the past.
Lynn Sivanand is a self taught artist from India. Painting almost all her life, she had her first solo exhibition at age 11. With a degree in business and a Masters in Arts from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art she went on to work in investment banking and auction houses in Mumbai and London. Lynn recently returned to Mumbai to pursue her art career. She is currently working towards an exhibition.
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