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Lynne Taetzsch

Lynne Taetzsch

Ithaca, NY

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Lynne Taetzsch was born in East Orange, New Jersey and grew up in Irvington and Newark, New Jersey. She was interested in art from the time she was a child, spending her allowance on arts and crafts supplies, painting the school windows for the holidays, and winning a class drawing contest in eighth grade. As a young teenager she took oil-painting lessons from a local artist and later she was president of her high-school art club.
At Rutgers University, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Lynne took art classes in painting, print-making, drawing and pottery. But the biggest influence on her art was the two years she spent at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, where she had classes in calligraphy, architectonics, one and two dimensional design, life drawing, and painting. This is when her work gradually became more abstract as she experimented with collage materials in an intense focus on composition.
Lynne has lived in Florida, California, New Jersey, Virginia, Kentucky, and now in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State. She's worked as a secretary, a writer, an editor, a publisher, a junior-high English and Math teacher (six months), a business trainer and manager, a Kirby vacuum cleaner salesperson (one week), a leather crafter, and a college professor. Through most of it, she kept painting, and since the spring of 2000 she has been painting full time in her studio in Ithaca, New York.
In the early eighties Lynne switched from oil paint to acrylics. She found that acrylics fit her style better because they dry quickly. She works on a painting over many days, adding layers that accumulate without totally eradicating the previous images. She paints standing up, listening to jazz, classical, or rock and roll. The process of painting in broad gestures with a brush or palette knife gives her work its sense of intense energy. Like jazz, the heart of her art is improvisation.
Lynne’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad. Stan Bowman, professor emeritus of the Cornell University Art Department, said in a review of Lynne’s exhibit at the Clinton House ArtSpace in Ithaca: “Taetzsch is a painter very much in the tradition of the best of 20th century abstraction.”
Describing her painting process, Lynne says: I am of course indebted to all the artists who came before me, for the wonderful ways they have transmuted color, line and shape. Some of my very special art connections are Miro, Kandinsky, Matisse, DeKooning, Hans Hoffman, Helen Frankenthaler, and Joan Mitchell.
In the early stages of a painting, I work very fast. This helps give my art its sense of energy and spontaneity. I like to trick my conscious mind by not letting it have too much control over what happens. In some ways I’m creating a mess or a problem that I then have to solve in order to make the painting work.
It’s the painting surface that I love - the lusciousness of color in its thick and thin varieties, flat and opaque to keep the eye on the surface, or transparent and airy to suggest deep space. My goal is to stay as close to the edge as possible, to keep that sense of organic happening, as if the painting had grown itself rather than having been crafted by me.

 

Nave of Hearts by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Stained Glass X by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Contemporary Painting Seven by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Contemporary Painting Fourteen by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Trust by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Contemporary Painting Ten by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Winter Field by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Whirlpool Block by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Oval Block by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Pick Up Notes by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Sweet Vulnerability by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Spatial Play by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Excellent by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Life Form Two by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Life Form One by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Inside Scope by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Finding The Power by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Fresco by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Open Paths One by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Contemporary Art Forty-Three by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Green Here and There by Lynne Taetzsch

 

In Accordance by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Imprint by Lynne Taetzsch

 

I Love Ice Cream by Lynne Taetzsch

 

I Fancy by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Improv Two by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Hitting The High Notes by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Green Box by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Balancing Act by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Abstract Expressionism Two by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Abstract Art Thirty-Two by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Abstract Art Thirty-One by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Abstract Art Sixteen by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Abstract Art Fifteen by Lynne Taetzsch

 

You're The One Among by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Breathing In by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Facets of the Heart by Lynne Taetzsch

 

High Canyon by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Secrets by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Selection by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Open Paths Two by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Mad Cap Light by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Lost and Found by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Sun Rising by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Fortune's Child by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Suddenly Spring by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Abstract Floral Four by Lynne Taetzsch

 

Abstract Floral Three by Lynne Taetzsch