Mathew Lynn

Lives and works between Sydney and the Blue Mountains, NSW

Artist's CV

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. 

\ Artworks


2019 \ Oil on linen \ 183 x 122cm



2020 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 92cm


2020 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 168cm


2020 \ Oil on linen \ 77 x 61cm

Portal (60 Todman Avenue, Kensington)

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 183 x 138cm


2019 \ Oil on linen \ 183 x 138cm

Silver Vibration

2020 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 92cm

That Coogee Meditating Guy (Migisha)

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 183 x 122cm

The Silver Expanse

2020 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 168cm


2020 \ Oil on linen \ 77 x 61cm


2021 \ Oil on board \ 12.7 x 22.86cm

\ News


2021 Archibald & Wynne Prize... Six finalists. A Packing Room Prize winner.

2 June 2021

Six Nanda\Hobbs artists selected as finalists in the 2021 Archibald and Wynne Prizes with Kathrin Longhurst winning the Packing Room Prize.

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\ Exhibitions featuring Mathew Lynn

9 x 5"

Group Exhibition

22 January — 6 February 2021

Mathew Lynn

The Silver Expanse

20 August — 5 September 2020

Mathew Lynn

Coogee is Everywhere

15 August — 24 August 2019

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
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Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm ONLINE Saturday – closed until further notice Following the latest NSW Government advice in relation to Covid— from Monday 29th June, the Gallery will be operating online only—Monday to Friday 9-5 pm for the duration of the Sydney lockdown All events associated with Paul Ryan (South by Southwest) and Les Rice (Disco Inferno) exhibitions have been postponed. We will keep you advised of any further changes as they arise. COVID Safe Check-in: As part of the Nanda\Hobbs COVID safety plan, all visitors to the gallery must sign in via the Service NSW QR code.