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art scENE By saLLy EVErhardus


Artistic Balance A profi le of Lynn Gilchrist


rowing up in Lake Bluff , Illi- nois, getting a liberal education at Oberlin College and living in Sturgeon Bay have all com- bined to shape Lynn Gilchrist’s intellectual and artistic journey. A


self-avowed “slow moving person,” she constantly balances her list of artistic ac- colades with a “geeky” (her word) side that demands unfl inching critical analy- sis of her own work.


Balancing acts are part and parcel of


Gilchrist’s personality and also of her re- sulting artistic output. Collegiate train-


14 Door County Living Winter 2011/2012


ing in studio arts, coupled with the in- fl uence of an art history professor with a passion for the New York art scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s, gave her a solid grounding in technique and an enduring apprecia- tion of work by avant-garde artists.


Intellectual rigor and constant prac-


tice has taken Gilchrist from large, de- tailed pastel “sandscapes” to her current work as a plein air oil painter. Of the former she would face the easel and say, “Oh dear, this is going to take a really long time.” During this period, she had an almost adversarial relationship to


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her art-making; she would work from photographs, attempting to represent the composition as caught by the cam- era – even studying the pebbles on the beach to ensure she could capture the shape, color, shadow and refl ected light.


T en, in a “transitional period,” Gil-


christ switched to paper with a very toothy surface and soft pastels, both of which combined for thick impastos of color and a more painterly, less-detailed end result. Her painting subjects also expanded to in- clude “alla prima” still lifes and the human form, as well as the landscapes she loves.


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