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Lyn Hoyle

“Line is the absolute. Whether it’s a charcoal sweep, monoprint line or scratch. It is always the skeleton, the main structure on which the rest of my creative process rests.”

Lyn Hoyle was born in 1959, studied at East London Technicon under Jack Lugg, graduating in 1979.  Her preferred mediums are oil/charcoal/ encaustic.  She is represented in various public and private collections in South Africa and has exhibited extensively throughout her country and overseas, namely America, Britain and Singapore.

The rich tones of the famous Clarens sandstone cliffs and autumn landscapes are integral to her paintings as is the solitude.  Her gorgeous rich oil paintings of flower studies & kelims with gold leaf adorn many homes.   Strong treatment of the subject matter, use of colour and brushstrokes are reminiscent of the work of Irma Stern while her symbolic pieces with fragmented imagery are a more personal reflection on her experiences of home and surroundings.

On a whirlwind gallery tour in New York in 2015, the versatility, tactile quality and wonderful scents of the encaustic works on display in the Metropolitan Museum inspired her to delve into this ancient medium.


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