James Lynch
James Lynch

James grew up in Devizes, Wiltshire, and is largely self-taught. He has been a professional painter since he was 20. He began by selling his watercolour sketches door-to-door and then had sell-out exhibitions in the West Country and Bath in the 1980s. His portraits of farm animals in romantic Wessex landscape attracted the interest of serious collectors, publishers and London galleries and by the 1990s he had won a prize at the Royal Academy and other awards. For the past 30 years he has had regular one-man exhibitions in London, firstly at the Maas Gallery and more recently with Jonathan Cooper at the Park Walk Gallery. James's work has been commissioned by the National Trust, Folio Soiety and by many private collectors. His paintings are reproduced in several books and in the most recent publication 'There Never was a Finer Day' his landscapes illustrate poems by Edward Thomas. James works in the ancient medium of egg tempera, which he makes himself from raw ground pigments and egg yolks from his own chickens, and he mixes his own gesso for this panels according to traditional recipes. He exploits the glow of the egg termpera in his landscape paintings, with their characteristic dramatic weather and atmospheric light. James is a keen para-glider pilot in his spare time. His garden studio is on a hill overlooking the Somerset Levels. He is married to Kate, who is also an artist.