Awash with bright, natural light and imbued with the exuberance of her sitters, Dianne Flynn’s affectionate, nostalgic scenes of walks in the British landscape and children at play are a delight to behold. With deft, flickering brushstrokes, Flynn brings her figures and their surroundings to sparkling life. Owing to the artist’s playful use of Edwardian costumes and picturesque landscapes, her work embodies a timeless quality and universal appeal.
Born in Huddersfield in Yorkshire in 1939, Flynn has since embarked upon a celebrated career spanning over four decades. Flynn attended the Manchester School of Art, graduating in 1973 before becoming a qualified art teacher the following year. Following her studies, Flynn moved to France with fellow artist Paul Hedley, whom she later married, living and painting in the Languedoc in the South of France until 1997.
Influenced by the French Impressionists preoccupation with light and application of paint, Flynn’s spontaneous brushstrokes, use of glowing colours, and the clarity of light define her as a significant figure in British figurative painting. Equally influenced by early Edwardian photography, Flynn considers the work Heinrich Kühn and Edward Steichen, regarded as the forefathers of fine art photography, to have been an equal influence on her as the French painters of the Impressionist period.
Flynn now lives in Exeter and continues to exhibit around the world, having previously shown at many prestigious institutes, including The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Pastel Society, London.