Artist Lynda Cookson

Lynda Cookson
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I am inspired by colour, movement and texture – and believe that a good dose of humour is very important in certain aspects of my work. I mainly use oils and acrylics on stretched linen or linen board, sometimes using my own handmade paper and various fabrics for texture beneath the paint. Most of my work is done with palette knives and brushes but I also use sponges, my fingers, pieces of cardboard, paper table napkins and scrunched plastic. In fact, whatever is to hand at the moment of need!

As a 'colourist' my paintings are generally of the cheerful variety, usually with layers of colour built up, often allowing the lower layer to show through, giving movement and life to the painting.

I prefer art to be a representation of my subject – using more imagination and freedom of colour and movement to bring it to life, than realism and perfection.

Once the painting is finished it's important for me to be impelled to look at it again and again and to feel the excitement of pleasure in what has been created – otherwise I paint over it again!

Lynda Cookson
January 2007

I have exhibited extensively in South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania and Ireland.
My work has sold in South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Ireland, UK, the States, Canada, Dominican Republic, France and Spain.

Digital Art:
Accepted and represented at Digital Show for the Liverpool Biennial – Independents 2006
Digital art sold from
Refocus Now stock catalogue (UK), 2005 Spring edition

Bold Art Gallery, Galway
Cong Art Gallery, Co. Mayo
Lahinch Gallery, Co. Clare
Lavelle Art Gallery, Clifden

Christies of London
Adams Fine Art Auctioneers, Dublin
Morgan O’Driscoll, Skibbereen, Co Cork

Professional Member :
Visual Artists Ireland
AWAI – American Writers and Artists Inc.

Founder and Organiser:
2005 Art in the West exhibition in Galway

Collections of my work :
Mr L Murrin, Dawn Foods, Naas, Dublin, Ireland
Mr A Boyd, Arizona, USA
Ms S J Lynch, Galway, Ireland
Mrs Nancy McAllister, Guntersville, Alabama, USA
Mr N McLoughlin, Ross Communications, Dublin

South Africa : Mr D Bose (3), Mrs B de Villiers (2)
United Kingdom : Mr A Firth (1)

On Design Team for:
Dezign Inc., Harare, Zimbabwe (producers of T-shirts, aprons, paper items, mugs, etc)

Logo Design for :
Art in the West exhibition in Galway

Studies :
Michaelis Art School, Cape Town, South Africa
GMIT, Galway
Art Space, Galway

Writing :
Arts Profile Writer for “Galway Now”, “Cork Now” and "Limerick Now"
Magazines (since Jan 2005)

Contributor :
Two issues “Moving In” interior decorating magazine, Dublin
“Living It” magazine, Dublin – regular contributor
“Boots ‘n All” internet travel magazine
Various travel publications and internet magazines

Author :
“The eArt Directory” launched at 2005 Art in the West Exhibition.

Author :
“How to Make Handmade Paper”, published August 2005

Curator and Contributor :
“Art in the West 2005” catalogue

Press Trips:
Abruzzo, Italy – art course for Point 101

Own website:
My work is featured on many group and guest websites for both art and writing

Media Interviews:
March 2006 – TV1 and Radio1 Barcelona during Exhibition at Sala Barna, Barcelona

Personal Details:
Born in Durban, South Africa in June 1954.
Lived in various parts of South Africa until 2001, including the Drakensberg Mountains, Durban and Pietermartizburg in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Pretoria, Greyton and Cape Town.
Travelled extensively within Southern Africa including Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.
Have visited Australia, New Zealand and various countries in Europe.
Emigrated to Ireland in 2001


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Dale van Archveld Rating Given: *****
"Really enjoyed viewing Lynda's work, to such an extent that I just had to purchase two pictures, now hang in my home and give me pleasure on a daily basis.

Dale van Archveld"   


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Anonymous, but Email Verified Rating Given: *****
"I really enjoy Lyndas art. Her use of color is great. I have purchased several paintings by Lynda and will continue to watch her website for new works."   


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Andrew Rating Given: *****
"I have never met Lynda, but will do soon. (And I'm really looking forward to it, and I know Lynda is too - we have an unusual fun event planned)

We have corresponded a lot by email, however, and I have always found Lynda to be highly engaging and enthusiastic. And always positive and always friendly too.

Lynda is also a multi-talented creative free spirit, no doubt about it - just check out her artwork and her writing too as I have."   


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Anonymous, but Email Verified Rating Given: *****
"An inspiring and talented artist!!
Lynda certainly knows how to capture the humour and light in all her work. Each piece of work is totally unique and captures a piece of her personality. "   


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Alan Rating Given: *****
"Really vibrant inspiring, impressionist work, full of movement and colour!

I look foward to seeing much more of your work. "   

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