Lives and works between Sydney and the Blue Mountains, NSW
Mathew Lynn lives and works between Sydney and the Blue Mountains. For over twenty years he has been one of Australia’s best known and successful portrait artists. Whilst this continues, his practice has moved focus to contemporary figurative painting.
Morphing from figurative to abstraction, Lynn's work is dynamic and engages the audience on a multiplicity of aesthetic and philosophical levels. Since obtaining his Master of Fine Art degree from the University of New South Wales in 1996, he has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize sixteen times, including this year with his portrait of actress and activist Maddy Madden. He has also been a finalist in the Wynne and Sulman Prizes. In 2018 he was a Doug Moran National Portrait Prize finalist.
Lynn has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney. In 2018, his portrait of Catherine Livingstone AO was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery Canberra as part of 20/20 Portraits. His portraits are included major collections across the country, including the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra and Government House, Sydney.
Mathew Lynn's first exhibition at Nanda\Hobbs will be held in August 2019. This exhibition explores contemporary representations of the figure, the phenomenon of personhood, racial structures in society and the nature of phenomena as experienced in meditative states.
6 May 2022
We're thrilled to have eight artists represented this year with ten artworks selected across the three prizes—Jonathan Dalton, Blak Douglas, Kim Leutwyler, Mathew Lynn, James Powditch and Caroline Zilinksky, Lesley Rice and Paul Ryan.