Abstraction is key to Kevin Lincoln’s work. While much of his work retains recognisable elements from life – portraits, landscape, still life – it is the language of abstraction that had increasingly informed his oeuvre over the past two decades.
Plein air drawing and watercolour painting are a long-standing aspect of Lincoln’s practice, underlying much of his abstract painting, but for many years remained a private pursuit and was separate to his exhibited work. He works in sketchbooks, which he carries with him in the landscape, in museums and when travelling. In his catalogue introduction to a recent retrospective of Lincoln’s work at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, gallery Director Gordon Morrison asserts the significance of Lincoln’s landscapes; …….no painter since David Davis… has been able to represent the Australian landscape in its mood of nocturnal or autumnal melancholy. We all know the Australia of the Golden Summer. We can even picture in our mind’s eye the land of drought and flooding plains. Lincoln offers us an entirely different but equally authentic Australia. (Gordon Morrison ‘Foreword’, Kevin Lincoln, the eye’s mind Ballarat Art Gallery, 2016 p.7)
watercolour, charcoal on white wove paper
38.8 x 76.3 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed u.l. corner, pencil "[illeg. signature]".
Signed and dated u.l. corner verso, black ink "K [illeg. signature]/ 9.12.2006".
Gift of the artist 2017. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Kevin Lincoln. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Shown in 1 exhibition
Kevin Lincoln: the Eye's Mind:
- Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat 23 Apr 2016–19 Jun 2016
- Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Launceston 09 Jul 2016–04 Sep 2016