by Lynda Lorraine

Artists Statement

Lynda Lorraine is a London based Artist of Filipino and English heritage specialising in the exploration of the meaning of family, home, living culture, generational and cultural identity, migration and global citizenship – deeply rooted in her own experiences, ancestry, artistic research and visual practice.

CREATE a self-sustaining visual art practice and facilitate artistic development at a high level
BUILD mentoring, teaching, discussion and awareness of the subjects and disciplines explored
MAKE a cultural contribution to the artistic landscape of the UK and beyond

Biographical Details

Lynda Lorraine was born in Surrey, UK in 1978 and is of Filipino and English descent. After developing an early interest in drawing, painting and photography, at the age of eighteen, she left home to pursue photography and fine art training. Firstly at University of Hertfordshire and after moving to the UK capital, BA (hons) Fashion Design Technology at London College of Fashion and then MA Fashion at Central Saint Martins under Louise Wilson. During this time she worked closely with Matthew WilliamsonTristan Webber and Harvey Nichols among others.

Her two dissertations explored the relationships our bodies have with the architectural spaces we occupy every day, sculptural beauty in couture and high fashion history in a contemporary context. In her graduation collection she created silhouettes for the catwalk combining Eastern simplicity, Western extravagance and a punk aesthetic that combined innovative draping techniques, beautiful tailoring where the sculptural aspects and movement of the pieces were core to the collection. Her mixed heritage life experiences and subjects explored during her studies are clear foundations to her later work.

After completing her art school training in fashion, her work was exhibited in Harrods next to the likes of Chanel and Prada as well as garnering international recognition from Barneys, New York. Lorraine maintained a connection with the art world with life drawing at the Royal Drawing School. After a successful career in fashion, photography, visual communication and web design it was always an ambition to develop her artistic talent. In recent years she decided to actively pursue art as a versatile and largely self-taught artist. In her work she uses painting, drawing, photography, moving image and installation to explore perception and the realities of modern global culture. The artist has participated in many exhibitions as well as solo shows in London.

Lorraine still lives in the capital and as an Artist she facilitates her own marketing, media production and branding. She leads her own blog, photography, published material, website as well as on and offline promotion.

As an experienced artist and designer she has independently mentored emerging artists, photographers and designers throughout her career.

Outside of her own practice she has been part of the lead team pushing forward the strategic communications and technical services capacity and policy at the Royal College of Art, and is an ongoing part of the technical services media team, teaching postgraduate students.

In addition to her professional interests in fine art and design, she is intensely passionate about diversity, equality, movement through dance and running, conservation and biodiversity, south east Asian culture, mixology, global food culture and growing edibles / nature friendly plant species. Ultimately sharing these explorations with others through her blog ‘An Artists Life’ and ‘An Artists Studio’ with the underlying focus of leading a balanced and sustainable creative life as well as showcasing and increasing visibility and awareness of Filipino arts, history, culture and global creative practitioners.

Selected Group Exhibitions / Shows
2018 Hidden, Royal College of Art, London UK
2017 Hidden, Royal College of Art, London UK
2015 Axe, The Circle, London UK
2014 Jen, Islington Exhibits, London UK
2014 Fraction, Platform 1 Gallery, London UK
2013 Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn NYC / 30+ City Tour USA
2004 Imago, Lauderdale House, London UK
2003 Central Saint Martins Degree Show, London Fashion Week / BFC Tent, London UK
2000 London College of Fashion Degree Show, The Old Truman Brewery, London UK

Solo Exhibitions / Shows
2015 Bonds, Greenwich Theatre, London UK
2003 Bennett-Payne, Harrods, London UK

2015 Bonds, Greenwich Theatre, London UK

Television and Performance
2015 Live Art, Collaboration with Artist Kathlyn Pagador
2015 Six Puppies & Us, BBC 2
2014 Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas, Channel 4
2014 The Last Five Years, Greenwich Theatre, London UK

2003 Graduate Feature, International Textiles

2017 Thinking with your hands, in a digital age, Royal Academy of Art The Hague & Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, Netherlands

Awards & Grants
2003 Harrods Award for Design Initiative (runner-up)
2001 AHRC Postgraduate Fashion Development Fund

2019 First Principles of Painting
Slade School of Fine Art
2003+ Life Drawing, Anatomy & Nocturnal Interiors
Royal Drawing School
2003 MA Fashion: Womenswear
Central Saint Martins
2000 BA (hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear Tailoring
London College of Fashion
1997 BTEC Foundation Diploma: Fine Art Practice
University of Hertfordshire

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