30 March 11:00 - 13:00
Strike Art is pleased to announce ‘Memories’, Darren Lynde Mann’s first solo exhibition, at the Fitzrovia Chapel.
Darren Lynde Mann (b.2001, Suffolk, UK) is a British painter based in Suffolk. Lynde Mann’s paintings combine expressive and abstract elements in his compositions with monochrome backgrounds. They are evocative of both a timeless quality and something hitherto unexplored. The faces that enliven his compositions recall figures from the Old Testament, Italian Renaissance and Ancient Rome. Without religious intent the works appear in touch with the transcendent: forces that lie beyond us, that underpin ourselves and the world we inhabit. In his paintings there is grief, passion, resolution, hope and hopelessness among the complex emotional states depicted.
His creative process is organic. The figures depicted are not an intentional emulation of the styles and movements they remind us of. Instead, he is drawn to them naturally as a means of expression. The expressive realism of his faces engage with the archetypal concept of art that has persisted from the Ancient Greeks and Romans to the present day. By engaging with universal concepts of Western art they exist in a continuum with both past and future.
The introspection of Lynde Mann’s work manifests on canvas instinctively; the brush is the conduit of unfiltered expression. This authentic rendering is what grants his paintings such poignancy.
Concurrently, his paintings offer a respite from human emotional states. The simplified background and abstracted elements create a serenity from which the faces emerge like memories or ghosts. It alludes to something innate: an inner world that co-exists with our emotions and perceptions, that lies beneath it. It presents the deep spirituality that if we dare to look, we will find.