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A native of Knighton, Wales, Lynne Riding has always had a love of landscape and has found much of her inspiration from the nature that surrounds her. Her paintings are simplistic in form that reinforces the importance of line and space. By taking the work to the simplest form Riding captures it’s true essence. This new body of work is minimalist abstraction yet informed by the found object or form that she has discovered in the landscape. Her work deals with human frailty and impermanence and brings a refreshing simplicity to our connection to nature and reflects a hint of the explorations of the physicists into string theory. Peaceful with an undercurrent of tension that holds things together, this new body of work glows with an inner luminosity – a transparency that both fulfills and empties at the same time.
Riding studied at the Hereford College of Art & Design from 1968 to 1970, the Manchester College of Art & Design, 1970-1973 in the United Kingdom. She lived and worked undertaking various commissions, mainly in London and Paris while teaching figure drawing, design and painting, at a central London college. She was included in “Best of European Illustration,” London. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina in 1992, Lynne Riding exhibited widely and developed her own work in drawing, painting, and printmaking. From 1998 to 2009 she taught at the College of Charleston as a full-time adjunct professor of fine art and is now teaching at the Art Institute of Charleston. She holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, California. Riding has shown work in numerous solo and group exhibits nationally and received a number of residencies.
Lynne Riding’s large scale paintings were showcased in both “30th Parallel – A Convergence of Contemporary Painting,” JMOMA, Jacksonville, Florida and “CYMK,” TransAmerica Pyramid, San Francisco, CA. Other group exhibits include, “Recent Work,” Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, “Terra Incognita,” the Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, “Trizec-13th Annual,” Charlotte and “Places and Spaces: Landscape and Genre Scenes in the South,” the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston. Her last two solo show were in Charleston and Santa Fe.
Riding states: “My interests lie in the subtle undercurrents, the not so blatant, crude or obvious. Paying attention to what happens between the obvious – an inquiry concerning transparency. The work is ongoing and is concerned with impermanence, human frailty – the ephemeral nature of what we call reality, aligned with the dichotomy of enduring hope, that, which drives humankind on …I believe that there is validity or need for the poetic, in today’s society, and through my work I am concerned with current tensions, both global and personal, aligned with notions of history, erosion and evidence of use, all of which intrigue me. I continue to develop the reductive painting process that I have started, involving what to bury and what to reveal. An exploration of ambiguity and embodiment, occurring through the pictorial contemplation of place and or emotion.”
Visit www.lynneriding-art.com for an overview of Riding's work.