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.
“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
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
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 his adolescent years, Brent and his five brothers and sisters roamed the nearby University endowment land forests and the shorelines of the Fraser river like a pack of young dogs; they were a well known tribe of kids full of energy and imagination. In those early years Brent developed a strong interest in the visual world around him. He was always drawing. When Brent turned ten 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!
Brent also worked on surrounding neighbor’s farms and a tours on seiners and gill-netters through those adolescent and early teen years. The young artist was impressed by the rough and tumble realities of rural life along with it’s rhythm and beauty.
In the late 60’s Brent hung out on the street just a little too much which led to some ‘negative’ behavior. His parents sent him to a boys private school Vancouver College, where back in the day, wayward catholic youth were to receive direction and discipline (that’s what Brent believed at the time). It was here he met a group of ‘inmates’ ( boys in the same boat ) and together they became life-long friends. In the high school years he was happiest on the football field, in a gym or flying down a mountain slope. “The school was big on ‘mind/body’ development so sports was an important pursuit at Vancouver College. I came close to expulsion more than once but sports saved me” says Brent. it is this natural physicality and love for the outdoors that will translate years later into a passion for plein air painting. As strictly an academic high school there was little emphasis on art although Brent became known as an effective graffiti guerrilla and ruthless but funny cartoonists of teachers and administrators. Brent was not the most religious kid but he had an innate fascination with symbol and ritual in the spiritual traditions. Ever since Brent could remember he was at odds with the Catholic Church although he did appreciate the rich visual and literary culture. He developed a love for the power of metaphor and it fueled the young artist’s visual vocabulary. In those years he was exposed to the works of many artists from Shakespeare to Kerouac, Rembrandt to Pollock and Dylan to Bach complimenting the writings of Saint Paul and the Gospels. He was very much aware of the theological influence on culture and art, both modern and ancient; for example his favorite rock tune of the 60’s was Jimmy Hendrex’s rendition of ‘All Along the Watchtower’ written by Bob Dylan. ( a song inspired by Revelation and Ecclesiastes )
“There was a bringing together or pulling apart (depending on your point of view) of minds and attitudes in the 60’s and 70’s. It was an exciting time to be young and I wasn’t one to miss it”, says Lynch.
After high school Brent hit the road in the spirit of a typical war baby vagabond. He traveled around the globe experiencing new cultures and ways of life. Witnessed first hand the power and vitality of art in society and as a result, his commitment to the arts grew. 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 later Langara College Fine Art Program.
His art school days brought him back 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.