Tuesday, October 21, 2008

About Lynn Donoghue

David Revant De Luxe
by Lynn Donoghue
oil on canvas
78 x 60 in.; 198.1 x 152.4 cm

I have to make a correction in my post about women artists.
Today I tried entering "paintings by Lynn Donoghue" in Google,
and found quite a few sites.

Thanks to one of my readers Mic Harper for one link.
When you look at Lynn's portraits, you'll understand why it's
so sad that she died feeling unappreciated. Poverty is a major
factor for Canadian artists -- even widely collected, and well
known artists like Lynn. Her work combined a classic knowledge
of the power of art, with a fresh, new way of looking at portraiture.
Not only that many of her works were large. She once did a
painting of herself with her friends on a billboard. She tried
exciting new ways of using and combining portraits.


She left a 14 year old son behind.


Theresa Rankin said...

Wow!!!! This is fabulous.....how could she go so unrecognized!! This is really stunning!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Theresa,

Check out her work on the website.

She was recognized, was in all the top
galleries in the country, but still
couldn't make ends meet.


Anonymous said...

Makes ya wonder doesn't it? What might have been if she had been able to paint another 30 years. I really like this on of De Luxe. ew

Barbara Muir said...

Oh boy -- she would have been amazing.
She'd started to do still life paintings that were really intense and

I think my job is to keep painting and stay as cheerful as possible. That's how I pay tribute to people who weren't that lucky.

Take care,


sneaks said...

I know this is an old post but I found it as I was looking up Lynn Donoghue online.

I was lucky enough to meet her in 1994 and sit for a portrait. It was an experience I will never forget. She was not only a phenominal artist but a warm, vibrant and caring woman. I'm blessed to have not one but two of her pieces (my brother also sat for a portrait) to admire on a regular basis and remind me of that incredible experience.

Hopefully some part of her knew how she touched everyone not only through her art but with her infectious spirit as well.

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