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"Concerning Being:" Lynne Riding explores subtle undercurrents




“Concerning Being” is the title of our 32-piece show featuring Charleston, S.C. artist Lynne Riding, opening March 30, 2024. An opening reception for the artist will be held April 6, 5-7pm. 


Abstract in nature, the major elements in Riding’s pieces speak to “issues of impermanence, shifting perspectives, and loss, aligned with the dichotomy of enduring hope, that which drives us on.”


“My interests lie in the subtle undercurrents, the not so blatant, crude or obvious, a case of paying attention to what happens between the obvious,” she says. She adds that her work stems from the place and surroundings in which she finds herself, "from colors observed there, a line seen in space, or the found object, all of which find their way into my paintings and act as metaphors.”


Works on display are varied in scale with her largest being 6 feet by 5 feet, and smallest measuring 11 inches by 9 inches. Medium will vary as well and will include natural pigment and silver leaf on paper or linen, wax encaustic, oil on canvas, and gouache on paper.


Visitors to Upstairs Gallery will see influences of her Welsh roots in her series titled “Hireath” meaning “longing.” Originally from Mid Wales in the UK, Riding says her work “generally stems from a sense of place and this work endeavors to draw on my roots and a feel for the landscape in which I spent my formative years.”


Riding holds an art Foundation from Hereford School of Art and Design (UK), a bachelor’s degree in fashion/textiles from Manchester College of Art and Design (UK), and a master’s degree in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. 


Before moving to Charleston, Riding worked as an illustrator for magazines, newspapers and advertising agencies in London. She has served on the faculty of Art Foundations at Falmouth School of Art (UK), the College of Charleston, and the Art Institute of Charleston. 


Highlights of her exhibitions include “Abstract Art in S.C., 1949-2012” at the State Museum in Columbia, S.C.; “30th Parallel - A Convergence of Contemporary Painting” at Jacksonville (Fla.) Museum of Modern Art; “CMYK” at TransAmerica Pyramid in San Francisco; and “80x80” at Charlotte’s Mint Museum. She has also exhibited in New Mexico, Arizona and Oklahoma.  


Riding has been part of the Charleston art scene for about 25 years, where she lives and has her studio. 


Her show will be on display through May 24, 2024. More information about her can be found here: https://www.lynneriding-art.com/.

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