LYNETTE CHARTERS


Current Work

The Missing Women

The aim of The Missing Women series is to show how women are presented but not represented in society and history. Using public galleries as a reference, the woman’s body is omitted from renderings of famous painting to highlight the lack of documented female genius in recorded history, proportional female representation in politics and indeed lack of societal appreciation in terms of wage equality. Our verbal and visual language most often explains the world from a mostly undisputed heterosexual/white/male point of view. This creates huge problems in communication for anyone else. For women, the most obvious difficulty is portraying our body image without it seemingly on display for male appreciation. We do not own the image of our bodies. Our bodies are seen everywhere but our accomplishments are unrecorded or appropriated. The Missing Women are an assertive but non-aggressive attempt at pointing out the communication difficulties women face on a day to day basis.

Materials are pertinent. I use plaster in the paint, a medium which conceals. I use mixed media to represent how women are beautified and presented as commodities for consumption, and how women are often paid with gifts but not an equal wage. Wood is natural. Nature is a description which stereotypes women and the Muses stand in irony. Wood is “flawed” in its beauty. It has blemishes and irregularities. I delight in the difference in personality and size in the knots. The wood questions the photoshopped images of bodies depicting a standard of beauty that doesn’t exist in reality, which women and men are bombarded with on a daily basis, only serving to create a dissatisfaction and discomfort with ourselves and each other. The Muses stare back at us. They are unflinching and self aware. If there is perceived sexuality then we remind ourselves that it is our mind's projection.

Current and Upcoming Shows

Solo Show at Ryan James Fine Arts. February 1st to 28th, 2019. Reception: Feb 8th, 5-10. https://www.ryanjamesfinearts.com/    

Solo show at Gig Harbor Campus, Tacoma Community College. December 17th to March 25th. Reception: Jan 11th, 4-6. https://www.tacomacc.edu/about/campuses/gig-harbor-campus/gig-harbor-campus

“Culture” Juried Group Exhibition at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, showing Raja Varma’s Sleeping Beauty Muse of Urvashi and Duplessis’ Princess De Lamballe Muse. Jan 2nd to March 15th, 2019. Reception: Jan 17th, 4-6. Artist’s Talk Jan 8th at noon. https://www.tacomacc.edu/tcc-life/arts-culture/the-art-gallery

Greystone Industries 2019 group show. Curated by the UK painter Graham Crowley. Reception date: Saturday August 3rd.
https://www.grahamcrowley.co.uk/greystone-industries

Vashon Center for the Arts, group show with Erica Rier, Heather Goodwin and Cyra Hobson.  May 2019. Dates to be announced. http://vashoncenterforthearts.org

About The Artist

Lynette was born in The Yorkshire Dales in The North of England. She paints from her home in Olympia, Washington. She holds a BA (hons) degree from Cardiff, South Wales and an MFA from Chelsea College of Art in London. While she was a student she worked with the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy,  Lynette studied various aspects of art history and feminism, studying under the instruction of Graham Crowley at Cardiff and Amanda Faulkner at Chelsea, researching imagery and language of materials in art. While tackling issues of feminism It occurred to her how extremely difficult it is to represent the female form from the female perspective. This problem is apparent in everyday life and has never been far from her mind.  Lynette spent a long time traveling internationally while working in the animation business. Her years in animation helped to hone her drawing skills while being required to imitate many styles. It was the combination of these life experiences along with Lynette’s concerns for the world her family is learning to negotiate, that culminated in her current series “Missing Women.”

Recent Exhibitions

16th Annual Juried Local Art Exhibition, at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College.  Awarded Juror’s choice, “Shinsui’s New Cotton Muse” and “Braque’s Artist and Muse” also showed.  Sept to Oct, 2018.

Portray>Portrait, group show at Gray’s Harbor college, John Spellman Library Gallery, showed Fragonard's Young Muse Holding, Two Puppies. Bernard's "3 Races” Muses, Picasso's Seated Muse on a beach and Brack's Muse in a Chair.  September to October, 2018

Salon Des Gallery One Exhibition, group show at Gallery One, Ellensburg WA. showed "De Torres’ Oranges and Lemons Muse”. July to Sept, 2018.

2018 group show of Southwest Washington artists. Juried Exhibition at The Gallery at Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts SPSCC, Olympia, Winner of viewer’s choice award: “Bernard’s ‘Three Races’ Muses,  de Kooning’s Muse-Ochre” also showed  July to August , 2018

Visual Impressions biennial national juried show, Ryan James Fine Arts (https://www.ryanjamesfinearts.com) Second place winner, as artist. "Wyeth's Sauna Muse” showed in their group show  May 2018

“All That Glitters” group show at Gallery One, Ellensburg WA. showed "Klimt’s Muse Judith" , March 2018

“Culture” Exhibition at Tacoma Community College, juried group show.  "Lebasque's Muse with a Platter of Fruit", "De Torres' Oranges and Lemons Muse", and "Gauguin's Muse Holding a Fruit” showed at The Gallery at  January to March 2018

“Generous Kingdom ll” group show at Verum Ultimum Art Gallery in Portland, OR, (https://www.verumultimumartgallery.com) showed "Bernard’s '3 Races’ Muses  December 2017 to January 2018

“Chasing Ghosts ll” at Verum Ultimum Art Gallery in Portland, OR. "Negretti's Muse” showed, October to November 2017

15th Annual Juried Local Art Exhibition at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College  Juror's Choice Award for Klimt’s Muse Judith and Honourable Mention Award for Tanoux’s Harem Muses, Rossetti’s Muse Verticordia, also showed, 2017

Local Artist Juried Show group show at Northwinds Art Center, Port Townsend, WA. Bernard’s ‘3 Races’ Muses showed December 2017Group show, Blue Heron Bakery, Olympia, WA, April 2017.

Solo show at Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia, WA, July 15 to August 28, 2016