Born in 1984, Lynn Gibson is an artist from Glasgow, working exclusively with hot wax (also known as encaustics) her art is a wonderful composition of strange and beautiful. Having been interested in art from a young age, she has gone from painting and drawing in the more traditional sense to a now abstract and organic approach, and by her own admission will end up doing something completely different in the future.
I’ve painted and drawn since I was a kid, it was one of the only things that came really naturally to me. Making art is like when you have something to say, you have to get those words from your head out into the world and you instantly feel better for it, only rather than speak you paint, it keeps you sane. So I’d say my driving force is my own sanity!
“’Hippocampus' - the description of a sea horse (colour chameleon of the sea is difficult to describe in one word). Your work makes me want to skinny dip in kaleidoscopic waters with coral sea life” – that’s the best description I’ve ever heard about my artwork (it came from a liker on Facebook), it’s also been described as a “tropical parrot party”. That’s better than anything I can come up with.
Nature and science are my main inspiration, anything which looks biological - like it’s been grown, especially when the materials used are not quite what you’d expect, again it’s that juxtaposition. If you look at H.R. Giger and Zaha Hadid - their work really encapsulates this I think. Science completely fascinates me, it’s so strange yet real, I read ‘Everything That Can Happen Does Happen’ & ‘Why Does E=mc²’ and my brain is still spinning from it, there are things happening at an atomic level which my mind can’t even comprehend, which seem impossible - but it’s not. Plus anything just a bit strange - I love things that look out of place, perfect things freak me out – they look wrong.
David Bowie, I have spent so many hours listening to his music, watching interviews, documentaries on him while painting, he turned Rock and Roll into art – plus he really is the coolest guy on the planet.
I don’t think I ever have, unless it’s for an exhibition and you know the space. When I’m painting it’s quick and I jump about from piece to piece and when I’m done with one I’m straight onto the next, I usually finish up for the day and then I’ll take time to sit and look through what I’ve done, but after that I’m always looking ahead. I do have my favourites though – which I can’t bring myself to sell, or others which I’ll give to friends and family so at least I know where they are, sounds crazy but selling your work can be hard because you know you’ll never see it again.
One springs to mind more than any other, I was asked to create some artwork for an exhibition in aid of marriage equality in Scotland, which is something I’m very much for, it was at the Mackintosh Lighthouse in the city centre of Glasgow and I was so so excited because it’s such a high profile place and it was a real privilege to be involved. It’s a hot wax painting called ‘Stand’ and it’s one which I don’t think I’ll ever sell, though I have released it as a limited edition print, but that was to celebrate it being included in GQ magazine, which again is another reason it means a lot to me. Maybe I’ll get it tattooed on me at some point.
The most challenging paintings are the ones which come with a brief, if someone asks you to paint for them but they want certain colours, they like this but not that– I very rarely do that kind of work, but it can work to your advantage because you’re doing something you wouldn’t necessarily do yourself.
I’ve been working with hot wax for nearly 5 years now (though I first came across it at college way back in 2000). The wax looks almost 3D on a flat surface it makes me want to take it the whole way and create an proper sculpture of it, digital art is something I delve into now and again – so maybe I’ll go down that road for a while, until I go full circle and I’m back to painting still life with oil paints again. In the near future I have some more magazines coming up and I’ve entered a few competitions so I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed for that. I’ll just keep going until people stop asking me for stuff and get sick of me.
Just to ask people to buy from or even just support your local artists / photographers / independent retailers, it means so much more to us and brightens up our day – and you get something genuinely unique (that word gets thrown about way too much but in this case it’s true) which has had real passion put into it.
To view more of Lynn's work check out Lynn Gibson Art