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Lyn Gilbert (born 1942) is a painter, teacher and book illustrator. She graduated from the University of Natal with a BA Fine Art and later from Rhodes University with an MA in Fine Art.

Lyn is a painter who works primarily with imagination. Her work, even when it seems realistic, evokes mythical and imaginative figures. But it is a down-to-earth mythical world, of worried-looking angels, flowing goddesses, characters with strongly defined expression, and plants and animals which seem to radiate their own light. All these elements are rendered in a subtle yet confident style that includes abstract textures, colour fields, and figures, often within the same painting.

Lyn has had several solo exhibitions and group shows and has paintings in private collections in England, Hong Kong, Norway, Germany, Ireland, Australia, Canada, as well as South Africa.

As a book illustrator, she has worked on 36 story books for young children.  Recently, she has illustrated two wordless picture books for psychologists working with children. The purpose of these books is to enable the parent/carer to create their own stories from the pictorial cues.


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