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Lynn Ahrens

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Ancestor by Lynn Ahrens
Oil on Board
1991

Reg. Number: NHSL01897

In the NHS Lothian collection.


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In this painting, the artist Lynn Ahrens has used bold, thickly applied brush work and a pallet of earth colours: browns, ochres, reds and creamy whites, to create an image that is part abstract and part representational. The outline of an enigmatic figure, suggested by just a few brushstrokes of brown and cream paint, is a focal point, but also divides the painting. Standing against a dark background of orange-browns and maroon reds this figure is presented diagonally, drawn towards or drawn into the bright centre of the image. Above the figure's head a ball of contrasting dabs of turquoise blue and orange paint shine jewel like. A sense of depth is created by the staff, or thread the figure holds in one of its hands, leading or pulling it into the white space. A vortex of reds and whites in the upper right of the image punctuates the white void adding to the sense of a entering a mysterious place.

To achieve the painting's rough, textural, earthy effect, the artist applied oil paint mixed with coarser material, balanced by smoother areas painted with brushes. This work reflects Lynn's interest in reinterpreting prehistoric cave painting in a contemporary way. In the artist's own words, the image represents "a figure entering an unknown space, where ritual is performed and the spirits of nature are addressed".

Lynn Ahrens, who lives and works in Edinburgh, has been working as an artist since the 1990s. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across Scotland and England, including the National Portrait Gallery in London. In her recent work, Ahrens has focused on painting the human figure, "to reveal its diversity at rest or interacting".
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NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland.

We believe creativity, arts and design should be woven into all our work as there is good evidence that these have a positive effect on wellbeing and health.

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