CONTEMPORARY ARTS INSPIRED BY ROBERT BURNS

25 January - 10 March 2018 @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

Whyn Lewis

Whyn Lewis was born Edinburgh in1973 and is best known for her unique and haunting paintings of Whippet dogs and other animals. As well as by subject, Whyn’s work can be recognized by the strong and exquisitely detailed forms drawn against plain, many-layered and luminous backgrounds. She uses the shapes and symbolism of the animals as narrative, with the occasional clue in the form of a small jewel-like object hanging from the collar.

Whyn’s work has been shown in Scotland, England and the USA. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1995 and has since had seven solo shows in the UK. She has won several awards including five from the Royal Scottish Academy.

Whyn’s paintings have been used for the covers of two Albums, the first in 2004 for a Piano Magic EP, “Saint Marie” and the second the following year for her mother, Vashti Bunyan, when she released her first album in 35 years, “Lookaftering”. Most recently another painting of Whyn’s was used for album cover for Vashti Bunyan’s newest album Heartleap.


Title:  “Survivor” –
Medium: etching
Dimensions: 37.5x24cm
Edition size: 25

Artist’s statement
“Staying in a rented house in the Outer Hebrides, my partner and I found we were sharing the kitchen with a mouse. After many humane traps tried and failed to catch the little critter – and his incredible escaping abilities became apparent – our mouse earned the name ‘Moudini’. One morning we woke to discover we had trapped him at last. Our latest trap (designed for mink and adapted to catch the tiny mouse) and a fun-sized mars bar had proved too tempting for him.

We looked in to see in the corner a little field mouse, beautiful and wide eyed. It was mid-winter and his fate was not to be tossed out into the cold because he would surely die, but instead we took the long trip to Stornoway to buy a mouse-house so that we could keep then release him in the spring.

Four months passed and Moudini was a sorrowful prisoner, but was fed and watered and kept alive and healthy.  He was released in Roslin Glen just south of Edinburgh where we left him with his cage, door open and a good supply of food if he needed it to come back to. I don’t know what happened to him as he was left in a corner of the woods where he wouldn’t be disturbed. I often fancifully imagined he might try to find his way back up to the Hebrides, or that at least he skipped amongst the dandelions and bluebells and thought he had landed in a field mouse heaven.

He struck me at the time to be a large force of survival in such a tiny body and one that I might learn from. Although we hadn’t destroyed his home in a field, we had changed his plans somewhat. But he adapted and lived, and hopefully thrived in his new circumstances.”
Whyn Lewis

Biography
Whyn Lewis was born Edinburgh in1973 and is best known for her unique and haunting paintings of Whippet dogs and other animals. As well as by subject, Whyn’s work can be recognized by the strong and exquisitely detailed forms drawn against plain, many-layered and luminous backgrounds. She uses the shapes and symbolism of the animals as narrative, with the occasional clue in the form of a small jewel-like object hanging from the collar.

Whyn’s work has been shown in Scotland, England and the USA. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1995 and has since had seven solo shows in the UK. She has won several awards including five from the Royal Scottish Academy.

Whyn’s paintings have been used for the covers of two Albums, the first in 2004 for a Piano Magic EP, “Saint Marie” and the second the following year for her mother, Vashti Bunyan, when she released her first album in 35 years, “Lookaftering”. Most recently another painting of Whyn’s was used for album cover for Vashti Bunyan’s newest album Heartleap.

Whyn Lewis

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