About Lynnette Gladding the Artist
Lynnette Gladding studied Fine and Applied Art at Canterbury Christ Church University, graduating with a First-Class degree and Best Painter Prize. She moved to Norfolk a few months later to study for a Master’s degree at the Norwich University of the Arts.
Over the past ten years, her work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions at venues such as the Sidney Cooper Gallery in Canterbury and the Lombard Gallery in Margate.
Although known primarily for painting, Lynnette created a sculpture called ‘Freedom’ in 2015 in response to Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre’s request for artist submissions to support their production called ‘The Rights of Others’. After being on display in the Theatre’s Auditorium, it has since stood in the library of Canterbury Christ Church University.
Having completed her Masters, Lynnette is now working full-time as a professional artist.
Art has always played an important part in Lynnette’s life. Her other passion, dance, was the subject of her final project for her Master’s degree.
Her focus in capturing the movement of dance in paintings comes from a desire to share the wonderful feelings of excitement and joy, of physical control and superhuman qualities, the sensation of flight when leaping through the air. She is no longer able to dance the steps she used to practise, but she still contacts the feelings when she paints, remembers, or watches dance being performed. The time she spent at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, based at Goldsmiths, University of London, is a great influence. She considers the qualities of space, time, weight and physically performing the movements while using various mediums to see what is achievable.
Lynnette began dancing at four years old and at thirteen she was awarded a scholarship to attend The Arts Educational School, London, to study ballet.