Gemma Lynch-Memory began painting when she was a child. Her country Australian upbringing contributes to the imagery you find in her work today. Her global travels encouraged comparison and a greater understanding of the land and its meaning. Her art infuses uniquely country flavoured landscapes with the universal world of abstract art. She has an inspired ability to create works of engaging beauty by combining strong conceptual elements with layers of paint to create rich textures, muted tones and an uncanny depth of space. Her signature horizontal colour chords and long lonely horizons where “heaven meets earth” speak to our country yearnings. From our oceans to our outback and our rivers to our deserts, Gemma Lynch-Memory’s paintings capture the spirit and character that lives in the heart of each of us.
Her abstract landscapes are at times conceptual, always earthy and feature rich and vivid natural colours, from cool marine blues to fiery reds and ochres. They wonderfully encapsulate the sense of endless space, the heat, the isolation and the richness of the land. The work ranges from detailed diminutive paper pieces to large expressive canvases and also limited edition Giclee reproductions. Lynch-Memory’s art is a highly physical activity, visible in her re-working of surfaces in meaty impasto layers and swept trowels of paint across canvas. To achieve narrative she heavily relies upon pallet knives, chunks of rock and organic debris and powered hand sanders. Fine detailed mark-making engage the viewer to search for personal meaning in the vastness of space and light. Country icons such as rivers, deserts, wildflowers and even country letterboxes are transfused with occasional text and word definitions to express as much about our human condition as of the land we inhabit.
In 2007, after finding a copy of an expedition diary in a second-hand bookshop, Gemma became the first person to retrace the outback journey of Australia’s first female explorer, Emily Caroline Creaghe. Inspired by the diary, the expedition was research for her ‘emily:explorer’ national touring exhibition that celebrated the incredible achievements of this little known Australian woman. The expedition was featured on the ABC 7:30 Report and Gemma was recognised by the International Society of Female Explorers based in New York. The touring exhibition received critical acclaim and was also featured in Australian Art Review magazine.
With more than 20 solo exhibitions behind her and sales totalling well over two million dollars, Gemma Lynch-Memory has already achieved much in her career. There is a constant demand for work from collectors both in Australia and overseas and her art works grace the walls of some of Australia’s most beautiful and exclusive homes. Those looking to invest and purchase significant artwork for their home.