TERRY LYNN: TOUCH THE SKY
David Lusk Gallery Memphis / 97 Tillman St. October 14, 2019 - November 16, 2019
For over a decade, Terry Lynn collaborated with his identical twin brother as TWIN, employing figurative painting with spirited gestures and textural layers of imagery to narrate his family’s history in the South. More recently, he has developed his individual practice with a deeper exploration of abstraction, expanded use of media, and the integration of provocative political and cultural commentary. Still inspired by his family’s history and traditions, but influenced by current social issues and his own personal revelations, he bridges the past with the present through a dynamic mix of materials and forms. He activates nostalgic, rural landscapes as well as portraits and gathering scenes with loose, broad, abstracted gestures - some markings reminiscent of graffiti. He combines paint, photographs, and referential details like cotton and ticking fabric upon earthy undertones, energizing each composition with jewel-toned, some almost neon, highly-saturated brushstrokes. His works possess a timeless, powerful spiritual presence, telling stories which dissolve the past into the present and memory with reality.
Terry Lynn his BFA from the University of Memphis and his MFA from the University of Mississippi, and currently lives and works in Memphis. His work has been exhibited across the United States, and is in the collections of the Africa in April Festival, Memphis; Baker Donelson, Memphis; Bell-South Corporation, Memphis; Harrah’s Entertainment Inc, Memphis; Hollywood Casino, Tunica, MS; Memphis First Community Bank, Memphis; PNC Bank, Louisville, KY; Promus Hotel Corporation, Memphis; Saturn Corporation, Nashville; Shelby County Mayor’s Office, Memphis; Southwest Tennessee Community College, Memphis; and the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK.