Kate Lynch is best known as a rural documentary artist. Her charcoal drawings, pastels and paintings celebrate traditional rural work in Somerset – willow growing and basketmaking, farming, cheesemaking, beekeeping, cidermaking and other crafts and trades. As well as painting and drawing the people working in fields and barns, she collects their personal stories and these oral histories are included in her exhibitions and books.
She is currently working on a new collection of men and women practicing historic crafts and trades - including hedgelayers, dry stone wallers, thatchers, basket weavers, farriers, blacksmiths, potters, a glass blower, a rope maker, and more... There will be an exhibition and book launch at the Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury, in Spring 2022.
Kate also exhibits paintings in other galleries, gives talks and runs expressive charcoal drawing workshops. She has been recognized with awards from the Arts Council, Somerset Heritage,The Lark Trust and Elmgrant Trust, Wessex Water and other bodies. She is married to painter James Lynch and they live on the Somerset Levels. Their daughter, Alice Mary Lynch is a designer and doll maker.
“Kate’s paintings are not realistic in a photographic sense but are deeply expressive and atmospheric.”