June - July 2016
Pádraig Lynch always wanted to paint and in the early years satisfied this need by painting stage scenery and sets for various choral, musical and dramatic societies. In the ‘60s he attended UCD, obtaining a degree in Archaeology and History of Art and in the early ‘70s studied under the watchful eye of George Collie RHA at his Dublin studio. Since 1980 he has been a regular exhibitor at RHA Annual Exhibitions and also at Oireachtas, RHA Banquet, Oriel Gallery, Waldock Gallery, Sandford Gallery, Leinster Gallery, Purple Onion Gallery and the Lavit Gallery. Selected collections and commissions include: Irish Distillers, Irish Financial Centre, ESB Government Buildings, Mater Private Hospital, Ulster Bank and Bushmills Distillery.
Most of Pádraig’s work is in oil, landscape and still life but he also works in watercolour. His approach to paintings is simple; “I paint what I see”. Early work was influenced by the work of the Ulster landscape painters, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Paul Henry and Maurice Wilks. Much of the landscape painted by these artists was rugged and mountainous and later he would come to admire the work of Constable, and also that of Edward Seago who worked in the late landscape of Norfolk and Suffolk; similar to that of counties Louth and Meath. Pádraig has always enjoyed painting still life; the work of Chardin and that of the great Dutch and Flemish painters, Vermeer, Willem Claesz and Pieter Claesz has always been a great source of inspiration for him.