Vivian Lynn

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1931, d.2018

Clouded Bay

  • Gift of Prof. H. John Simpson and family, in memory of Ming Simpson, 2017
  • Oil and wax on canvas
  • 791 x 945mm
  • 2017/055
  • 1965

By the early 1960s, Wellington-born Vivian Lynn was gaining attention for her abstracted landscapes, painted in a distinctive, modern style. Her compositions were often based on coastlands, clouds or her immediate environment in south Canterbury, sometimes aerial views generated from flights in her husband’s glider. By the late 1960s, Lynn was moving towards a more conceptual, mixed media practice. She is now remembered as a pioneer of feminist art practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

(Te Wheke, 2020)