James Lynch at Messums Wiltshire

THE distinguished Somerset artist James Lynch, one of the UK’s finest landscape painters, has a solo show, New Works, on at the Tisbury tithe barn, home of Messums Wiltshire, until 6th October.

James Lynch grew up in Wiltshire and lives in Somerset. Since his first sell-out exhibition in the West Country in the 1980s he has won awards, exhibited regularly in London and received many commissions from private clients and corporations.

He is a painter of the English landscape who has spent years mastering the ancient medium of egg tempera. As part of Messums’ focus on this exacting technique, James is showing a collection of new paintings nearly all of which are inspired by the area surrounding Messums Wiltshire.

He is a keen paraglider pilot and this ‘wild flying’ with buzzards inspires many of his landscape paintings and skyscapes. It is from his aeriel exploration of the landscape, suspended in a harness beneath his fabric wing, that James distills his luminescent paintings, including (in this exhibition) scenes of Mere Down, Berwick Combe and Woodminton Down.

Egg tempera is a medium which is versatile, translucent and beautiful, particularly when capturing light and skies. James has developed this medium over many years – played with it and improvised – to develop an instantly recognisable style that perfectly captures his favourite landscapes.

All his egg tempera paintings are made using pure ground pigments and egg yolks from his own hens. He makes the glue and gesso from the raw ingredients. The paintings are built up over time with many thin glazes of paint.

Pictured: Above Berwick Combe, and Sunset Woodminton Down.