"Lyn Hodnett's instantly recognizable work features strong, robust women; bright and bold ladies cavorting. Her work has a strong narrative slant and is influenced by religions, mythology and folklore. Vibrant colour and humour are central features of her paintings.
"Lyn's preferred medium is acrylic paint on paper or card, combined with charcoal, coloured pencils and varnish, resulting in great depth of colour and vitality. Recently the colour, although still rich, is darker, as though everything is bathed in a mystical twilight. The humour too is more veiled and intriguing."
-- Karen Sherwood, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
Lyn Hodnett trained at Sheffield Hallam University, gaining a BA(Hons) in Fine Art in 1985 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Printmaking from Brighton Polytechnic 1989. She has won several national art prizes including the British Airways Young Achievers in Art Award, resulting in a commission to create a 5ftx8ft painting for Heathrow Airport.
Story and myth are important influences in Lyn's work and she was commissioned to produce a series of illustrations/front covers for Sheffield Academic Press and Continuum books relating to feminist theology. She has also produced posters for The Crucible Theatre and a range of illustrated advertisements for commercial galleries.
Since 1985, she has taught in a wide variety of educational contexts, covering a broad range of ages and abilities. This includes arts residencies, schools' arts projects, art training initiatives, regional arts/healthcare projects, commissioned banners and murals. Lyn has also worked with Tate Britain and Sheffield Galleries and Museums, running workshops and residencies alongside selected touring exhibitions, e.g., William Blake, Tate Sculpture, William Roberts. She is currently running Printmaking workshops for Sheffield Children's Festival and is an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and Thomas Rotherham college.