Lynne Cartlidge RCA

Lynne Cartlidge paints gentle and almost lyrical still life and flower studies with soft translucent colour. Influenced by Chinese brush paintings and calligraphy, her brush marks are sensitive, painterly and gently abstracted with often blurred and irregular line. Her paintings seem to vibrate or shimmer within pools of textured colour, creating an almost dreamlike experience for the viewer.

Cartlidge’s paintings are quietly deceptive in their illusion of stillness. Look more carefully and her fascination with natural light and the way it which it falls and moves with the passing of time, is revealed. Movement is thus created across her canvases, even in the smallest of corners whether in the reflection of light through water or off the pearlescent interior of a mussel shell.

Deceptively strong form sits behind her compositions giving one a calm and secure sense of balance and order. Cartlidge often triangulates her objects alongside a repeated use of the multiples of 3, which in numerology refers to the divine trinity and a satisfying sense of eternity. And yet a sense of mortality exists between the placement of everyday objects, some of which will outlive us all, with the impermanent organic.

Cartlidge was raised in Cornwall before completing her formal education at Cardiff Art College, graduating in 1987 with a degree in Fine Art. That same year she was selected for the prestigious Whitworth Young Contemporaries. More recently she was awarded funding from the Arts Council of Wales to study with the Cornish painter, Alice Mumford in 2014. She has also studied with Rose Hilton at the Newlyn School of Art. She has lived and worked in Wales since 1987 and was elected a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Arts (RCA) in 2017.

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    Cyclamen and Pomegranates

    Cyclamen and Pomegranates

    oil on linen

    31 x 25cm (47 x 42 x 7cm with frame)

    £560

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    Fallen Roses

    Fallen Roses

    oil on linen

    21 x 26cm (37 x 41 x 7cm with frame)

    £450

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    Pomegranates with a Porcelain Cup

    Pomegranates with a Porcelain Cup

    oil on board

    24 x 29cm (40 x 46 x 7cm with frame)

    £480

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    Spring Flowers with Mussel Shells

    Spring Flowers with Mussel Shells

    oil on board

    30 x 40cm (48 x 58 x 7cm with frame)

    £750

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    Still Life with Apricots Pear and Coffee Pot

    Still Life with Apricots Pear and Coffee Pot

    oil on board

    30 x 40cm (47 x 56 x 5cm with frame)

    £750

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    St Ives Window with Carnations and Lemons

    St Ives Window with Carnations and Lemons

    oil on board

    81 x 61cm (97 x 77 x 7cm with frame)

    £2,450

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    Roses with Pomegranates II

    Roses with Pomegranates II

    oil on board

    44 x 53cm (60 x 69 x 7cm with frame)

    £950

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    Roses with Pomegranates

    Roses with Pomegranates

    oil on board

    32 x 42cm (48 x 58 x 7cm with frame)

    £780

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    Roses Study II

    Roses Study II

    oil on board

    21 x 26cm (36 x 42 x 7cm with frame)

    £450

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    Roses Against Burnt Umber

    Roses Against Burnt Umber

    oil on board

    30 x 40cm (46 x 56 x 7cm with frame)

    £680

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    Hellebores with a Teapot

    Hellebores with a Teapot

    oil on linen

    70 x 70cm (80 x 87 x 4.5cm with frame)

    £2,450

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    Freesias and Plums

    Freesias and Plums

    oil on board

    30 x 40cm (47 x 56 x 7cm with frame)

    £750

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