Oranges
By Lynsey Ewan

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Year
2001
Media
Oil Painting
Subject Matter
Still Life and Flowers
Reg. Number
P1171

From a distance, you could easily be fooled into thinking that Lynsey's work is a simple photograph, printed onto canvas. But if you were to look closer at the image you can see that this skilfully composed painting, with delicate brush strokes and careful glazed layers, is truly a jewel to behold. Her combined use of an uncomplicated background in a Payne's grey shade and her highly ornate branches in the foreground help to direct the viewer's eye around the image, leading us to the voluptuous fruits of the image which glow with cadmium orange hues and deep greens. This painting is a symbol of hope, abundance and health and fills the viewer with a feeling of well-being that both invigorates and awakens the soul and senses.

During her Art College days, Lynsey Ewan fell in love with tropical plants and was inspired by their luminous colours and unusual shapes. The lush, humid atmosphere and the sense of nature nurturing and thriving, were all at the core of her inspiration when she created this painting. She acquires her source material through photography and describes this process as almost a "treasure hunt", where she finds incredible flowers or fruit hiding under leaves just out of view. These shots of colour in the intertwined greens were like precious jewels to her, and she began to paint them in this way. Much of her source photography is over exposed as Lynsey enjoys the way that colours become enlivened in the light.

Lynsey Ewan studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee and graduated with a BA Honours in Fine Art in 2001. So far she has achieved two awards - the Ian Eadie Award (2001) and the Dundee Visual Arts Award (2002) and can boast a very successful career, exhibiting her work in a number of galleries and art fairs every year across the UK. Her paintings are held in many public and private collections in the UK, Ireland, Spain, The Netherlands and the USA. Her striking, colourful and bold work is well recognised and is becoming increasingly sought after.

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