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VEGETABLE PORTRAITS an exploration of Food & Landscape

CHRISTOPHER TODD LYNCH


CHRISTOPHER TODD LYNCH

| LISTING OF PAINTINGS

5 ADAMS ROAD | HAYDENVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS | 01039

Pocumtuc Dreams, 72 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, 2011

TODD@ECOTROPY.NET

Spring view, 26 x 18 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 Spring Fields, 18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 * Radishes, 11x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 Small Cabbage, 11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 * Onions, 10 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 Beets, 11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 * Purple Broccoli, 10 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 Blue Tractor, 18 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 ‘Scapes, 20 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 * Escarole, 10 x14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 * Kale, 10 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 * Field Hands, 10 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 * Tomatoes, 10 inches x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 Sunflower, 11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 * Sunflowers, 16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas, 2009 Small Cukes, 10 x 14 inches inches, oil on canvas, 2010 * Big Cukes, 36 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, 2011 * Small Laundry, 11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 * Big Laundry, 30 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, 2011 * Autumn Fields, 18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, 2010 * Big Cabbage, 40 x 40 inches, oil on canvas, 2011 *

* These painting are already framed, the measurements are of canvas without frame


STATEMENT I love food. My family is the kind of family that plans its meals in the midst of the ones we are still eating. Living here in the Pioneer Valley, there is amazing, fresh food grown with love and care. The food culture here not only has implications of healthy eating and living, it shows a deep consciousness of the importance of regional food systems, resilient, smallscale production, and the critical nature of regional economic development. While inherently enjoyable, eating Hadley asparagus can be seen as a political act that embraces the local, the small, and the regional in the face of the industrial, and the pervasive global agribusiness. My paintings reflect the magic of where we live and the power each of us has to choose the smaller, more resilient local economy. The large canvases I have done explore the color, space and compositional relationships initiated in the smaller pieces – and move the landscape and vegetables into their own dimensions – beyond how we experience them everyday. The depiction of each vegetable and landscape represents an iconic time of the calendar year for me (asparagus season, strawberry season, tomato time, etc.), in essence, the collection of these paintings becomes a calendar of the senses and of anticipation. To me, fresh, crunchy fiddlehead ferns and the soft nutty flavor of young nettles have more to do with May than any store-bought calendar image may be able to represent. The Vegetable Portraits project represents my relationships with these farms, these vegetables as well as the way I choose to live my life. My deep love of language and art informs my process and vision. Art engenders a deep part if my connection and care for place and the systems and processes within that place. The intention of my creative work has been to use paintings and writing, as well as found materials, to narrate my process of understanding a place or situation. By expressing personal interpretations of relationships I see in a landscape, a plant or a person, I initiate a dialog that can engage the community with the ecosystems processes around them. It is my intention with my professional life to explore and interweave my love for ecology, art and language into design and art that brings health and resilience to the nested ecologies of a given site, community or region. In so doing, I know that the result will be a reflection of authenticity true to the eco-region, the culture and the voice of the place.

Todd Lynch paints, designs landscapes, eats and lives in the Pioneer Valley. Trained as a landscape architect at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Conway School of Landscape Design, Todd runs Ecotropy, LLC, a design shop that strives to revitalize connections between people and landscape through ecology, personal health and beauty. Todd holds a certification in health care garden design and has extensive knowledge of native and medicinal plants. He currently is training to be a community herbalist and plans to integrate that wisdom into his landscape design practice. This interest in plants is manifest in the paintings here. Explorations of full plant portraits – especially the root systems - are in the works. Todd’s work has won numerous prizes, been shown in Cambridge, MA, and most recently at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. He recently won a design competition with Daniel Snow for a stone/medicinal herb planting installation on the Oregon State University campus in Bend, Oregon.

christopher todd lynch | portfolio

BIOGRAPHY


Pocumtuc Dreams, 72 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, 2011


christopher todd lynch | portfolio

Spring view, 26 x 18 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


Spring Fields, 18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


christopher todd lynch | portfolio

Radishes, 11x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


Small Cabbage, 11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


christopher todd lynch | portfolio

Onions, 10 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


Beets, 11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


christopher todd lynch | portfolio

Purple Broccoli, 10 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


Blue Tractor, 18 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


christopher todd lynch | portfolio

‘Scapes, 20 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


Escarole, 10 x14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


christopher todd lynch | portfolio

Kale, 10 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


Field Hands, 10 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


christopher todd lynch | portfolio

Tomatoes, 10 inches x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


Sunflower, 11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


christopher todd lynch | portfolio

Sunflowers, 16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas, 2009


Small Cukes, 10 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


christopher todd lynch | portfolio

Big Cukes, 36 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, 2011


Small Laundry, 11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


christopher todd lynch | portfolio

Big Laundry, 30 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, 2011


Autumn Fields, 18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, 2010


christopher todd lynch | portfolio

Big Cabbage, 40 x 40 inches, oil on canvas, 2011

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