This week Brighton Journal spoke to local painter Tiffany Lynch. Tiffany’s paintings capture landscapes, cityscapes and coastlines while exploring the movement of light and colour. Her work has been exhibited at group shows at ONCA, the RA and Saatchi Gallery. Tiffany was also the winner of the Habitat Brighton Art project in 2020. She is currently preparing a new collection of work that will be exhibited at Art5 Gallery during the Brighton Fringe Festival, where she will have an artist meet and greet on June 5th. We discussed her new projects and how the Sussex landscape inspires her painting. Keep reading to find out more about Tiffany and her wonderful work.
What are you doing today?
Today I have been painting the edges of my stretched canvas white on my latest collection of landscapes and seascapes, and varnishing them in my yard. I have an artist feature with this new body of work at Art5 Gallery, part of the Brighton Fringe Festival, with a meet and greet on Saturday 5th June. It will be so exciting to show my paintings after a year of lockdown.
I also sneaked in some laps at the magical Pells Pool. I find plein air swimming very inspiring – being connected to the dabbling light on the ripples of water under a beautiful huge sky, be it a seascape or Pells outdoor pool in Lewes.
Describe where you do most of your creative work.
I am co-founder of the awesome Studio Greenhouse collective in the heart of the Brighton Laines. I started the studio 16 years ago with 10 other artists and makers.
Due to covid regulations, in the past year I have been working solo from my little yard and home in a pretty Twitten close to central Brighton Station. It has been intense with my family in the mix, but also joyful painting views of Brighton rooftops from my attic window.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve worked on?
Every painting I work on holds excitement, but I love being part of the Brighton Open House Festival. Highlights of past group shows have to be The RA Summer Exhibition, Ghost of Gone Birds at ONCA, and an art installation on British contemporary art and music at Saatchi Gallery London. I was also the Habitat Brighton Art project finalist and winner in 2020.
What made you decide to become an artist?
I have always had a pencil in my hand. Age three I drew all the stars and planets up my hallway with chalks – my parents left it there for weeks. I have never considered anything other than my heart in art.
What are you currently working on?
I have been inspired by the limitations that a year of lockdown has brought; staying close to home sea swimming, cycling under the cliffs, and walks on the South Downs have fuelled my interest and drive to capture golden light over Sussex. I would wake up early to photograph golden sunrises over Brighton rooftops, dusk shoreline walks and sea swims.
What are the key themes in your work?
Sky, sea, landscape, cityscapes and moments in the natural world. I want to create beautiful colour and light to capture moments of natural beauty to share with others in their everyday. I have had lovely feedback from recent clients, writing how my work brings them happiness when they wake up and see my paintings. This is my driving force: to share joy through painting with my audience. Joyful moments from the natural world. As I mentioned, lockdown brought my appreciation to the golden light of dusk and day break. It holds a hope and beauty to begin and end a day, creating a multitude of intense colour, molten golds and gold light that feature in my work.
What would you like people to notice about your work?
The joyful colour, and movement of light and calm in my subject matter.
What attracts you to the medium you work in?
I love to create vibrant colour that remains calm and gentle. Acrylic and spray paint offer me intense vibrant hues, with the contrast of metallic to form golden light and movement. I love the way my paintings change in daylight and evening light.
What equipment could you not do without?
I work on canvas for my paintings using the following products: Liquitex, Golden and Atelier interactive Acrylic. I work in many layers, and these acrylic mediums are prefect for layering up colours. I also combine the freedom of Montana spray paints during layering up my colour. It’s great to edit when less is more. These are essentials for my method of painting.
Who or what inspires you?
The natural beauty of living in Sussex, the depth of emerald green across the South downs with the infinite blue of coastline and golden light of dusk skies. Sea swimming in all weathers and months has brought an extra layer of depth to my colour and understanding of light.
How is your work affected by living in this area?
I was born in West Sussex and spent many a childhood weekend at my Grandparents’ home in the depths of the South downs, so I feel Sussex landscapes and seascapes are in my blood and always in my subject matter!
What’s your favourite thing to do locally?
I love sea swimming, walking on the downs, cycling along the coastal path, and strolling around the city while looking at all the awesome street art for colour inspiration. The mix of sea, city and coast is awe inspiring. I take a lot of photos just on my iPhone for the documentation of colour. Form and the combinations of colour I am drawn to while walking in the city seeing street art sometimes hold as much beauty to me as a golden sunset or stormy sea.
What’s your favourite gallery (or place to see/experience art)?
I love street art for everyday art, and I love any art gallery really – they are like temples of joy. The Towner, White Cube, and all the classics like the RA and Tate hold so much magic. Brighton and Hove have some fantastic independents for sure. I think my most epic visit to a gallery show was Antonio Tapies at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid.
If you could collaborate with one artist, from any time, who would it be and why?
That is a tricky question as I love the late 20th and 21st century St Ives artists. But if I have to choose a collaboration it would be with Scottish artist Craigie Aitchison, his colour is intensely vibrant but calm and serene at the same time – just stunning!
What’s your favourite colour?
Emerald and gold together!
To find out more about Tiffany Lynch and her work, take a look at her website and Instagram. Tiffany’s prints and cards are locally available at LeoFrames, JABA YARD and Object Dials Brighton. Her limited prints and cards are also available at littlelynch art, a business run by Tiffany and her sister.