A powerful landscape and figurative painter, Brent Lynch focuses on mood, light, composition and movement to convey his experience. Brent spent his early career producing a large body of work from illustrated books to record covers and was best known for his artistic event posters for regional, national and international events such as the ballet, opera and theatre as well as sporting events such as the Olympic Games.
Now focusing on painting, Brent is in demand to create murals/painting installations for institutions, public buildings, and private collections. Honoured with many prestigious communications and fine art awards, he was recently awarded $10,000 and the silver medal in an International Art Exhibition ‘Aims for Art’. He is an SFCA, a sought after workshop instructor and participates in numerous gallery, solo and group shows nationally and abroad.
“This pandemic kept me close to home. For the last few summers the boat was my escape vehicle. Travelling by boat was all about deciphering passages. These paintings were inspired on these trips. The sea and surrounding land heads speak. Space, depth, distance and warnings are their language. The read and the approach is important. I love the primordial sea for itself and as an ancient metaphor.”
“In the last decade I’ve purposely slowed down to paint some decent pictures and not to miss the moment. After a whirlwind trip through the noise of the arts and the world at large, surviving it, it’s a gift to have the opportunity.” – Brent Lynch
A Short History of the Artist:
Creating images has always been a part of Brent’s life. As a toddler, bedroom walls, floors and even his baby brother’s bald head became his canvases. As he grew, this natural creativity expressed itself many ways.
In those early years Brent developed a strong interest in the visual world around him. He was always drawing. In his tenth year his father Claude, moved the family to Ladner. It was a small farming and fishing community just outside of Vancouver (considered a suburb now). His father purchased a grocery store and it was working with there Brent began to realize the creative energy innate in his family. His father turned a ‘shopping for food experience’ into pure entertainment and in doing so created a strong retail business; a lesson that will serve the young artist well…. anything can be creative!
The road led him back to Vancouver where he attended Vancouver School of Art and Design (later the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design) and, following that, Langara College Fine Art Program. He then returned to England where he spent a year at St. Martin’s School of Fine Art studying printmaking, painting and life drawing. It was an exchange week at the Bath School of Fine Arts where Brent came across the ‘Applied Arts Program’ and realized a creative person does not have to starve…. the art world became commercially bigger for him. “I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to study and then work with talented people and to immerse myself in a culture of art”, says Brent. The mid 70’s London was an exciting place to be. It was a turbulent time in the world and London was central as international students came from all over. He studied under Nicholas Ray and David Hockney to name a few.
His journey in art found him painting and illustrating to earn a living and became the beginning of a successful 35-year career. Brent spent his early career producing a large body of work from illustrated books to record covers. He was perhaps best known for his artistic event posters for regional, national and international events such as ballet, opera and theatre as well as sporting events including the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. Over the years, he was honored with many prestigious communication arts awards for illustration and design.
Now focusing on painting, Brent is sought after and commissioned to create murals and painted installations for institutions, public buildings and private collections. He was recently awarded the silver medal and a $10,000 prize at the Aims International Art Exhibition for his painting ‘August Storm, Hornby Island’. He has become recognized as a powerful landscape and figurative painter, using mood, light, composition and movement to convey his experiences. He works in a range of mediums including watercolor, gouache, oils and French chalk. His dynamic use of color and brushstrokes along with his unique and daring compositional style are trademarks of his work. It is these characteristics which attract students to his workshops which are always an experience. He participates in numerous gallery solo and groups exhibitions nationally and abroad. He is an SFCA in the Canadian Federation of Artists and his work hangs in private and corporate collections worldwide.
Selected Client List Brent worked with to create paintings and illustrations:
IBM North America
Salomon Skiis International, France
Intrawest Development Inc.
Thredbo Kosciusko Ski Corp, Australia
Matilda Cruises, Australia
Labatts Breweries, Canada
European Formula One Racing
MLB Toronto Blue Jays
1988 Calgary Olympics
Foster’s Breweries, Australia
The Mark Anthony Group
Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment
Whistler Blackcomb Skiing Enterprises
K-Peak Ski Corp Vermont
Rocky Mountain Holidays Inc.
Canadian Alpine Ski Team
Mount Tremblant, Quebec
Bank of Montreal
Royal Bank of Canada
Boerings of England
Reebock North America
North Face, USA
Arter’yex International Inc.
NHL Enterprises, New York
Vancouver Canucks, NHL Hockey League
Toronto Blue Jays, MLB League
Douglas & MacIntyre Publishing
Time Magazine Canada
Random House Publishing
Rolling Stone Magazine
Port of Osaka, Japan
Ministry of Tourism, BC
Ministry of Tourism, Ontario
Commonwealth Games Committee
Olympic Games Committee
Peace Arch Hospital, Canada
Save the Children Fund International
Cancer Society of Canada
Red Cross International
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
Ballet BC, Vancouver
Pacific Opera Company
Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC
Royal Museum of BC
Design Firms – Architects
Saatchii And Saatchi, London England
Wilson & Associates, Dallas TX
HBA/Hirsch Bedner, Atlanta
Hayslip Design Assocl, Dallas/Ft. Worth
Jinnie Kim Design, Brookline MA in assoc. with
Gorman Studios, Vancouver BC
Publications and Magazines
Rolling Stone Magazine
Douglas and MacIntyre Books. Canada
Random House Publishing, Canada
Flying Fish Records, Chicargo
Mushroom Records, Canada
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
2015 September “The miracle before us,” Aaren Madden, FOCUS Magazine READ ARTICLE HERE
2013 June Brent Lynch: En Plein Air, 2013 WATCH VIDEO HERE
2011 July “Creator of Canucks logo returns to his hockey roots,” Tom Hawthorn, The Globe & Mail READ ARTICLE HERE