W.K.Lyhne’s first solo show, 'Death and Desire: We Are All Animals', showcases her most challenging canvases to date. They explore the heart of human existence, its pain, fragility and cessation. Drawing on trees and animals as sources of shelter and sustenance, she visually recalls us to our connection to the earth. The hurry to hide our cadavers in our society, to make death and its precursor disappear are all scrutinised by Lyhne, often in a manner of disquieting questions in paint. In doing so she uses the figurative form to its most powerful end: to allow the viewer to identify with the subject and make their own journey into the meaning of the work.
Bear Shaw Poet
The work of this painter is not for the faint-hearted The paintings confront the big issues head on, and on imposing scale. The result is sexy, fleshy, political.
Mark Hix Restauranteur
Luscious, seeping, dripping paint. WK Lyhne's work fearlessly confronts the Masters. Rembrandt, yes of course, but also Soutine, Bacon, Saville, Sherman too. And we, her audience, have nowhere to hide. She confronts us too.
Dr Jacqueline Cockburn Historian
THE FLAYED OX
2.1 x 1.8 m