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Whyn Lewis  Born  1973

Biography



 Born in Edinburgh Whyn Lewis is perhaps best known for her uniquely observed paintings of whippets. Whyn graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1995 and has since had six solo shows in the UK.

Whyn Lewis has won several awards including five from the Royal Scottish Academy. Whyn’s paintings feature particular animals depicted against backgrounds of a single colour which is built up of many layers of paint.  She uses the shapes and symbolism of the animals as narrative sometimes introducing clues in the form of small trinkets and jewel-like objects hanging from the subjects’ collars.

Whyn’s work has been shown in Scotland, England and the U.S.A. Her paintings are constantly evolving and now her subject 
matter has broadened to include animals other than dogs – deer, a field mouse, magpies.

Whyn Lewis' paintings are beautifully executed in jewel- like colours, she often uses lapis lazuli paint, but also the works say much about the human condition and our relationships with one another.


Solo Shows:

1997 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1999 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2001 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2002 Portal Gallery, London.
2005 Portal Gallery, London.
2007 Portal Gallery, London.
2009 Portal Gallery, London

2012 Five Scottish Painters, Portal Painters, London


 Other Shows:

2009 March- October "Inspired" - celebration of Robert Burns as part of Homecoming Scotland at the Michell Library, Glasgow

March 2010 Portal Painters Inaugural Exhibition at the Arts Club, Dover St, London.October 2010 Scottish Portal Painters, at the Arts Club, Dover st, London.

Group show including Heather Nevay, James McNaught, Peter Thomson.

Whyn continues to exhibit with Portal Painters at The London Art Fair in January.

The Affordable Art Fairs in  Battersea ( spring ) and in Hampstead in June and at The 20/21 British Art

Fair at the Royal College of Art in September

Whyn's paintings have been used for the covers of two cds, the first in 2004 for a Piano Magic Ep - "Saint Marie", and then in 2005 when her Mother - Vashti Bunyan released her first album in 35 years  "Lookaftering" and Whyn’s painting ‘Run’ was used on the cover. Vashti Bunyan's latest Album 'Heartleap' (October 2014) features Whyn's painting 'Hart's Leap'.

 

Publications:
A Singular Vision - fifty years of British Painting at the Portal Gallery
Family - Photographs by Lauren Dukoff.

All the Merry Dances

Size: 26 x 20 cms
Type: oil & lapis lazuli on panel
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Alternative Dances - Him

Size: 16 x 10 cms
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Alternative Dances - Her

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Lying Low

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Type: oil & lapis lazuli on panel
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Dance Hare

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Type: oil on canvas
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Unbound

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Type: oil & lapis lazuli on panel
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Wrapped up in Clover

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Type: oil on gesso panel with amber and lapis
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Description:   
The title of this painting is taken from a song 'At Last' by Etta James, meaning that her heart was wrapped in clover the day she met him.  Meaning that it was wrapped up in good luck.
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In Clover

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In the Tall Grass – Viridian

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In the Tall Grass

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Dawn

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Wayward

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The Landscape

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Type: oil & lapis lazuli & indigo blue on panel
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Lucky Stars

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The Little One

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Another Day

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Through the Night

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Dusk

Size: 50 x 40 cms (20 x 16 ins)
Type: oil on panel
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‘The ‘grass’ is made up out of green and purple on very dark brown background which strangely looks blue over all. It is an interesting effect. I was trying to get that way the light goes sort of ultra violet when the sun is nearly down but there is still enough light to see.’

 


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In the Round

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Treasure

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Survivor

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Onward

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Hidden

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Enchanted

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Hart’s Leap

Size: 51 x 61 cms ( 20 x 24 ins )
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Description: This painting is featured on the cover of Vashti Bunyan's album ' Heartleap'.
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Clearing

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Still Ground

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See me see you

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Not Really Here

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Night Time

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I know where I’m going

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Hounded Hart

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Full Circle

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Dark Horse

Size: 12 x 18 cms ( 5 x 7 ins )
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Blue

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Black Eyed Dog

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Arrow

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Keeping Up

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Compass

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Last Night

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Type: lapis lazuli & oil on panel
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Cold Light of Day

Size: 51 x 61 cms ( 20 x 24 ins)
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