Lynton Wells, Fishing, 2011-14, Resin and raw pigment on canvas, 45 x 40 in.
Born in Baltimore, MD, 1940 Wells received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and a M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad with over 150 group and solo shows since 1970, and has work in numerous public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Lynton Wells, January 15 2120, 2019-2020, Resin and raw pigment on canvas, 35 x 60 in.
Lynton Wells paints a dystopian view of landscape with a twist. Elements of the Lorax come into focus as beautiful plants are growing out of raw, razor sharp edges yet all elements are seemingly alive. His paintings are futuristic, elegantly made with a frenzy of energy. Through painting Wells’ intellect shines through his works as he combines fine art and high design. The fine art aspect represents the conceptual that is both enticing and dangerous, balancing beauty and death.
Wells’ interest in environmentalism is captured through the delicate and finely detailed imagery of fish. The fish are isolated on the surface of the canvas with sharp text and cold metal like matter are below. The combination of raw pigment, drawing, writing and scoring creates a style of painting unique to Wells. This body of work entices the viewer with much more than meets the eye.