Australia’s foremost texture painter, Elwyn Lynn began incorporating extraneous materials into his paintings and works on paper following a visit to Europe in 1958, when he saw the work of Spanish ‘matter’ painters such as Antoni Tàpies.
Lynn subsequently asserted, ‘All my work grows out of collage.’ He was interested in how ‘the stuff of the environment’ could enrich his work. These various fragments contribute shape and texture to an essentially abstract composition. But they also add suggestive power, triggering imaginative speculation regarding their origins and associations.
collage of brown wrapping paper, envelope, handmade paper, German travel ticket and poster fragements, wax bottle top seal, fibres, synthetic polymer paint, wax on paper
41.0 x 33.0 cm sheet; 53.8 x 43.5 x 3.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r.c., pencil "ELWYN LYNN 17 April 1988".
Not on display
© Estate of Elwyn Lynn
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Works on paper [Earle Backen, Robert Clinch, Elwyn Lynn, David Rose], Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst, 25 Jun 1988–13 Jul 1988
Art of parts: collage and assemblage from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Sep 2016–13 Nov 2016