Lynne Riding is a visual artist who lives and works in Charleston, SC, where she maintains her studio. Riding received an MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, CA, a BA from Manchester College of Art, UK and a 2 year Art Foundation from Hereford School of Art & Design, UK. On graduating Lynne lived in London where she juggled a position as an art professor with freelance commissions. A decision to move to the USA brought her to Charleston, SC, where she has been living and working for some time.
Riding’s work moves through landscape, to abstraction and to the figurative.
Riding has exhibited throughout the country in states such as SC, CA, FL, NM, AZ, and OK. Highlights include invitational exhibits such as: “Abstract Art in SC, 1949-2012”, State Museum, Columbia, SC. “30th Parallel- a Convergence of Contemporary Painting”, 2005, JMOMA, Jacksonville, FL, and “CYMK”, 2005, Trans America Pyramid, San Francisco, CA, and “80 x 80”. The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.
A childhood spent in Mid Wales instilled, a love of landscape and certain awe for the power and fluctuations of the elements. As an inveterate traveler of both land and sea, she draws on these experiences in her work. Many of the physical and mental experiences from her past sailing and competitive windsurfing experiences, together with memories of hiking in the hills of home, find their way into her work.
Riding has also been an art educator for several years, including positions as a professor of studio art at the College of Charleston for ten years, Academic Chair of Department at the Art Institute of Charleston and prior to moving to the USA, as a faculty member on Art Foundations at Falmouth School of Art, UK. She is currently a member of the arts faculty at Ashley Hall Foundation.
Quote: “Riding’s thoughtful placement of a line on a canvas transforms physical landscapes into ethereal representations of experience. It’s as if she steps into the collective psyche of what it is to live and feel and wonder and then deftly picks up her brush and lays her mark on that meaning.” – Sarah Billipp, Artist Profile, “Charleston Magazine”
“The last time I visited “Redux Contemporary” for Lynne Ridings’ exhibit, “The Pulse Beneath the Surface,” I left in a daze with far more questions than answers. Far from the typical gallery walk-through where you can stand alone and admire art of various beauty, Ridings’ exhibit was beautiful but also intense and personal, an experience that stung me at my core.”— Scott D. Elingburg, Special to The Post and Courier