Lyn Kirkland


Southwell. Portland, United Kingdom

Preferred artistic medium

Collage, Contemporary, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Textile & Fibre Art

Art level career

Mid career


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Artist statement

 Lyn lives and works on the Isle of Portland in Dorset on the South West coast of England. Her relationship with encaustic wax started around eight years ago. It was a eureka moment, when she felt her search for herself as an artist truly began. Encaustic wax is an ancient painting medium adopted by the Egyptians to adorn their mummy’s. Beeswax and a tree resin (damar) are mixed with oil pigments to create molten paint which is applied with a brush and fused to a surface with either a hot air gun or burner. Surfaces of immense luminosity, textures and depth can be created. Incorporating mixed media, photographic images, cast objects and ephemera allow the artist such opportunities.  Lyn was drawn to the olfactory properties of this medium, the smell, the texture and the way it changes under heat. Exploring the boundaries of what can be achieved is what motivates her work.
“I view my relationship with wax as a journey of discovery, pushing myself and it. Constantly experimenting.”

I am particularly interested in projects and exhibitions that deal with the human condition, memories and the past.