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Artist Mathew Lynn lives and works between Sydney and the Blue Mountains, Australia.  Described by art critic John McDonald as one of Australia’s most capable portraitists, he works on public and private commissions in Australia and the UK, and has been a finalist fifteen times in the Archibald Prize for Portraiture, held annually at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Twice a runner-up, winner of the Peoples Choice and Packing Room Prize, the Archibald Prize has perhaps the highest profile of all Australian art prizes.  His portraits can be found in major institutions, including the National Portrait Gallery Canberra and Government House Sydney, and he is included on the register of artists for the Historic Memorials Committee, Australia Council for the Arts.  Since 2014 he has been an Artist Trustee for the Kedumba Trust and the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings.

In 2010 he won the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award for his portrait of sinologist and author Pierre Ryckmans, judged by writer and art critic John McDonald.  He is a finalist in the 2018 Archibald Prize with a portrait of New South Wales Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and a finalist in the 2018 Moran Prize with his portrait of Tony Bond OAM.  In addition to his continuing portrait practice, he now explores contemporary representations of figure and the phenomena of personhood, based on and evolving from his many years of experience in portraiture. 

In 2012 and 2014 he was a finalist in the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, in 2012 a finalist in the final Dobell Prize for Drawing, in 2013 he was a finalist and commended in the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing and a finalist in 2014.  Invited to submit for the 2013 Kedumba Drawing Award, his work was acquired by judge Angus Nivison for the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings.  In May 2013 he exhibited a selection of drawings and paintings with Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne - Mise en scène.  In July 2013 he exhibited paintings in a group exhibition with Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney - Nocturne.  In December 2013 he was invited by curator Rilka Oakley to exhibit drawings in a group exhibition at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre - Keepsake.  In 2015 he was one of 14 artists invited to submit a work for the Bell Shakespeare Company’s 25th anniversary celebrations, a nationally touring exhibition The Art of Shakespeare. In September 2014 the official portrait was unveiled of Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO  Governor of NSW.

photo by Ona Janzen