Flynn Fine Art


  Janet Flynn

Janet is a member of the ‘Flying Ducks’ a group of women who collaborate and share their skills and interests creatively with others, but they also work as individuals, each in their unique discipline. She exhibits her work locally, nationally and internationally and has had several commissions. She has developed and managed several short term local exhibition spaces and has recently set up a gallery space in the reception area at Pennine Camphill Community. Artists are invited to display their work and all sales commission will go to developing and supporting the gallery space.

She instigated the Wakefield Life Drawing Group twelve years ago to encourage professionals and newcomers to enjoys drawing and painting from the figure. They meet on a weekly basis each Wednesdays 7-9 pm is Janet’s large warm and well equipped studio. In March she will host a weekend of life drawing with home cooked shared food to sustain the activity. She has also set up a photographic studio link where artists can access a professional photographer to document their work. She is currently collaborating with others to set up a series of art history talks and contemporary discussions and presentations in the New Year from emerging and more established artists in her studio.

She currently works full time at Pennine Camphill Community a  Steiner based community. This is a well established and growing professional and educational resource set in over 50 acres of farm land with international links to the Camphill Organisation and other ethical associates. She currently manages the brand new craft hub opened in September 2010 a purpose built resource housing several craft workshops. She runs the pottery workshop and develops and maintains links to the wider community through fundraising, voluntary activities, project management and facilitation.

She was recently successful in her funding bid to WMDC Creative Partnerships and is now in the process of coordinating the year long series of projects working with vulnerable people within the district.

Her current work explores both spiritual and physical landscapes. They work with memory and feelings and are firmly based in the romantic tradition of Turner, Hitchins and Hodkin. The images blend both the personal and the elemental aspect of our being, illustrating our turbulent relationship with nature. The paintings use the horizon line to symbolize the human characteristics of what one suppresses below the surface and what we openly choose to reveal of ourselves in the world. Each painting contains a personal story and uses iconic reference such as the North Sea, bird shapes and earth forms, and includes local references such as Emley Moor and Pugnies Lake for the influence of colour, atmosphere space and light.