Terry Lynn

b. 1975, Arlington, TN
“I'm interested in the land, figure, place, and time. I remember listening to family stories of how things used to be."
Roots
Roots

For over a decade, Terry Lynn collaborated with his identical twin brother as TWIN, employing figurative painting with spirited gestures and textural layers of imagery to narrate his family’s history in the South. More recently, he has developed his individual practice with a deeper exploration of abstraction, expanded use of media, and the integration of provocative political and cultural commentary. Still inspired by his family’s history and traditions, but influenced by current social issues and his own personal revelations, he bridges the past with the present through a dynamic mix of materials and forms. He activates nostalgic, rural landscapes as well as portraits and gathering scenes with loose, broad, abstracted gestures - some markings reminiscent of graffiti. He combines paint, photographs, and referential details like cotton and ticking fabric upon earthy undertones, energizing each composition with jewel-toned, some almost neon, highly-saturated brushstrokes. His works possess a timeless, powerful spiritual presence, telling stories which dissolve the past into the present and memory with reality.

Terry Lynn his BFA from the University of Memphis and his MFA from the University of Mississippi, and currently lives and works in Memphis. His work has been exhibited across the United States, and is in the collections of the Africa in April Festival, Memphis; Baker Donelson, Memphis; Bell-South Corporation, Memphis; Harrah’s Entertainment Inc, Memphis; Hollywood Casino, Tunica, MS; Memphis First Community Bank, Memphis; PNC Bank, Louisville, KY; Promus Hotel Corporation, Memphis; Saturn Corporation, Nashville; Shelby County Mayor’s Office, Memphis; Southwest Tennessee Community College, Memphis; and the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK.

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Roots
Roots
Sparkle
Sparkle
Lost
Lost
Broken
Broken
Steal Away
Steal Away
Precious
Precious
Afternoon
Afternoon
 Reconstruction
Reconstruction
Blue
Blue
Roots
Roots
mixed media on paper, 42x33
2018
Sparkle
Sparkle
mixed media on paper, 42x23
2018
Lost
Lost
mixed media on canvas, 36x36
2017
Broken
Broken
mixed media on canvas, 36x36
2017
Steal Away
Steal Away
mixed media on canvas, 36x108
2017
Precious
Precious
mixed media on canvas, 60x64
2016
Afternoon
Afternoon
mixed media on paper, 42.5x20
2016
 Reconstruction
Reconstruction
mixed media on canvas, 20x23
2015
Blue
Blue
mixed media on canvas, 22x19
2014