Sinopia Artist of the Month June 2012: Lynne Rutter
Lynne Rutter San Francisco, CA|
Sinopia is proud to introduce our June 2012 Artist of the Month: Lynne Rutter.
Decorative artist Lynne Rutter is on a mission to wipe out plain white ceilings and rescue banal interiors with beauty, color, and a little bit of gold leaf here and there.
Lynne studied architecture and design at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with a degree in fine art. She furthered her training by working as a scenic artist, and by apprenticing with some of the leading decorative painters in the country, managing a large successful mural studio prior to founding her own business in 1990. She has since become well-known for her ornamental ceilings, fine art murals, and a fearless use of color.
|Ornamental ceiling for the Paris Casino Hotel, Las Vegas|
acrylics on muslin and plaster, with 23 karat gold leaf, 900 square feet
Lynne says of her work: |
I have something of an obsession with design, and love to work site-specific, designing for the whole wall or the entire space.
To have made a career of this is rewarding beyond belief.
|The Triumph of Joy|
casein and acrylic on canvas
|La Pourvoyeuse, after Chardin|
Acrylic on canvas
9 x 16 feet
Lynne explains her creative process:|
Much of my inspiration comes from traveling, and from the great work of artists who came before me.
I am attracted not only to the design of historic ornament but also the materials and techniques used, and have learned a great deal more about this doing restoration work.
In my own work I use a lot of different media and techniques depending on the effect I want to achieve, and I have found these traditional methods not only fulfilling but also highly practical.
When I started out I kept my fine art separate from my decorative work. But over time everything I did became inter-linked as part of a greater art practice.
Painting gives me immense joy but also teaches me patience.
Gilding is a discipline that takes incredible patience not just to learn, but to use well, and this patience I learned from oil painting.
Developing color palettes for architecture is directly related to designing the color palette for a chinoiserie mural.
I love work, the materials, the tools, the process.
To me, it’s all related. It’s all about transformation and beauty.
oil on copper-gilt panel, 56" x 96"
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