Gemma Lynch-Memory - A Retrospective 2000-2010

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Gemma Lynch-Memory

A Retrospective: 2000-2010


Australian Artist - Gemma Lynch-Memory Inside Gemma’s studio is a quiet reverence broken only by the sound of the careful application to her creative process. Spanning over two and a half decades and 33 solo exhibitions, it’s a process as introspective and individual as the artist herself.

stretching along dense tree-lined riverbanks as they make their way to the coast. The “Muddy Waterholes” glisten with the offering of a cool oasis in harsh red brown lands and her “Waterlilies” and “Wildflower” works have proven irresistible to the buying public.

Her actions are purposeful and convey a sense of urgency as she seeks to capture the essence of ephemeral inspiration. There is a constant referencing to an open journal of sketched ideas and musings that form the seeds of creative conception. But it is only during the actual application of paint on canvas that her subconscious concepts emerge and bloom.

During this decade the artist held several exhibitions with leading galleries in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. It proved to be an incredibly rich and fertile time for the artist’s creative output with many of the exhibitions selling -out. This public demand for the work solidified her large following with art collectors across Australia.

Several pieces are worked on simultaneously so as to best manage the various stages of drying and curing paints. Warm, luminous liquid varnishes are honey-poured over surfaces to create mirrorlike finishes. The studio atmosphere is occasionally disturbed by the sound of a powered sander or dremel drill as they’re used to create fine abstract marks and details. As each work nears completion, they are moved to her studio gallery to “let rest” before any final fine-tuning is made and the painting can be considered complete. From initial canvas priming to the signing of the work, the entire process absorbs several months. All of the works featured in this retrospective collection of works created by the artist between the years of 2000 and 2010 features her trademark colour chords and expressive horizons. The works are large, bold and confident such is her facility to produce works at considerable scale. Her RMB Series work (Roadside Mail Box) is reminiscent of a drive-by snapshot of the quintessential country letter box. Painted with pallet knife in thick impasto chunks, the letter boxes stand boldly within the stark landscape. The “Water and River” series has deep brooding rivers

In 2007, Lynch-Memory also completed her much acclaimed ‘emily:explorer’ series in honour of Australia’s first female explorer, Emily Creaghe. Lynch-Memory became the first person to retrace Emily Creaghe’s 1883 journey through central Australia as research for the national touring exhibition inspired by this little known Australian woman. The artist was supported in this endeavour by Australian Geographic and the ABC’s 7:30 report. Gemma Lynch-Memory’s work from this decade is a unique insight into the importance of our sense of place and the land. Her work portrays an almost spiritual sense of balance, where horizon lines connect heaven and earth and gestural notions of rural iconograhy connect our country hearts to our city lives. This retrospective collection serves to give us a better appreciation and understanding of the consistency and dedication the artist has shown throughout her career. For any artist to define such a unique style and perspective within the landscape abstraction genre speaks to her authenticity and process and Australian art is much the richer for her contribution.

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Exibitions 2000 - 2010 2000 - ‘Little Kingdom’ - Sydney 2001 - ‘Waiting For Rain’ - Sydney 2002 - ‘ Earthworks’ - Sydney 2002 - ‘Urban Paddocks’ - Sydney 2003 - ‘Brand New Day’ - Sydney 2003 - ‘Daylight’ - Sydney 2004 - ‘Inder a Sunlit Sky’ - Sydney 2004 - East to West’ - Perth 2005 - ‘Travelling Without Moving’ Perth 2005 - ‘Landmarks’ - Melbourne 2006 - ‘Terra Firma’ - Melbourne 2006 - ‘Incandescent’ - Brisbane 2006 - ‘ Off The Map’ - Perth 2007 - ‘New Landscapes’ - Melbourne 2007/8 - ‘emily- explorer’ - Sydney Melbourne Perth Brisbane 2009 - ‘Big Country’ - Perth 2010 - ‘This Land’ - Sydney

The artist in her studio in Tasmania


Roadside Mailbox Series

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‘RMB 207’

‘RMB 211’

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‘RMB 1507’

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‘RMB 602’

‘RMB 1409’

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‘RMB 3104’

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‘RMB 1605’

‘RMB 1068’

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‘RMB 1026’

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‘RMB 1605’

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Wildflower Series

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‘Water & Wildflower’ No.3

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‘Springvale Waterlillies’ No1 - Emily Series

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‘Springvale Waterlillies’ No2 - Emily Series

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‘Wildflowers’ No.2

‘ Wildflowers’ No.2 - Emily Series

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‘Wildflowers’ No.9

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‘Water & Wildflowers’

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‘Wildflowers’ No.1

‘Water & Wildflowers’ No.2

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‘Wildflowers’ No.3

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‘Water & Wildflower’ No.4

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Muddy Waterhole Series

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‘Muddy Waterhole’ No.1 - Emily Series

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‘Muddy Waterhole’ No.2 - Emily Series

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‘Muddy Waterhole’ No.3 - Emily Series

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‘Muddy Waterhole’ No.4 - Emily Series

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‘Muddy Waterhole’ No.5 - Emily Series

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Arial Paddock Series

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‘Aurora’

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‘Flood’

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‘Char’

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‘Mining Town’ No.1

‘Mining Town’ No.2

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‘Mining Town’ No.3

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‘New Landscape’ No.1

‘New Landscape’ No.2

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‘New Landscape’ No.3

‘New Landscape’ No.4

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‘New Landscape’ No.5

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‘Shine’

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‘Rose Paddock’

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‘Salt’

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‘Off The Map’ No.1

‘Off The Map’ No.2

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‘Off The Map’ No.3

‘Off The Map’ No.4

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‘Off The Map’ No.5

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‘Blue Stone Cottage’

‘The House That Jack Built’

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‘Red Rock Paddock’ No.4

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‘Frost’

‘Red Earth’ No.3

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‘Red Rock Paddock’ No.5

‘Red Rock Paddock’ No.6

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‘Red Rock Paddock’ No.7

‘Red Rock Paddock’ No.8

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‘White Hot Day’ No.1

‘White Hot Day’ No.2

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‘Skyfarm’

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‘Submerge’ No.1

‘Submerge’ No.2

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‘Incalescence’

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Landscape Series

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‘Scorch’

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‘Desert Blue’

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‘Desert Red’

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‘Aurora’ No.2

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‘Yellow Paddock’

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‘Passing time’

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‘In Fortunes Hand’

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‘The Vineyard’ No.1

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‘The Vineyard’ No.2

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‘Midas Paddock’

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‘Storm Front’

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Water and River Works

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‘Lillies’

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‘Deep’

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‘Aqua’

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‘Oceanic’

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‘Nicholson River’ - Emily Series

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‘Nicholson River’ No.2 - Emily Series

‘Nicholson River’ No.3 - Emily Series

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‘Big River’

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