Lynne Taetzsch

New York, USA

Modern Abstract Artist

I put everything into my art:  everything I see, every emotion I’ve felt, every experience I’ve lived through.  I try to be open, alert, and in touch with life in the act of making art.  

Lynne Taetzsch –  fell in love with the abstract expressionist painters!

At Cooper Union in NYC, I studied life drawing and two and three-dimensional design, but I also fell in love with the abstract expressionist painters I saw in the galleries downtown.  My own art became more abstract until I found a way to express myself through gesture and improvisation.

 

 

At what age did you know you wanted to be an artist?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love arts and crafts.  This is what I spent my small allowance on.  It’s how I spent my spare time.  It’s what I did with my friends.  We had a “craft” club during the summers, and later I was president of my High School arts club.   

What is the earliest artwork you did that you can remember?

As a young teenager, I liked to draw portraits of family members–anyone who would sit still long enough for me to capture their likeness. I remember finally getting my mother–who was always busy with 6 children in the family–to sit still so that I could draw her.  When I finished the drawing, she took a look at it and said, “Is that how you see me?”  She was disappointed that I hadn’t made her more attractive, but that was never my goal.

Which classical or contemporary artists have inspired you?

When I went to Cooper Union Art School in NYC, we often visited galleries there.  The first time I saw the abstract expressionists, I fell in love:  Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler–it was the energy and powerful impact of their work that drew me to them.

How would you describe your artistic style?

My work is about color, energy, and composition.  It is bold and does not blend quietly into the background.  It is certainly gestural and expressionist, but some pieces have an impressionist feel to them.  

When did you first sell an artwork? How did you feel?

I sold my first painting to a friend’s mother when I was an 18-year-old student at the University of Southern California.  It felt great.  I’d sold some of my art to family members before that, but I don’t think that counts.  

What's your workstyle? Do you work on one piece at a time or work simultaneously on multiple pieces?

Because I paint in layers and each layer has to dry before I can paint the next, I often work on two or more canvases at a time.  It really depends on the painting.

How do you get the inspiration for a new piece?

I don’t think a professional artist needs to wait for inspiration.  I go into my studio and start painting.  Of course, there are practices that get me started.  Sometimes it’s the color I choose to use first:  it suggests the next color, and soon I’m lost in the painting process.  Sometimes I have a general idea for a background–an assemblage of colors and lines.  Then I go from there.  I never decide ahead of time what a painting will look like when it’s finished.  It’s the process that decides, and I have faith in that process.

Tell us a bit about your personal life ...

I have one daughter, three step-daughters, and five grandchildren.  One of my granddaughters decided early on that she wanted to be an artist, and it’s been my pleasure to encourage her along the way.  

Each new blank canvas is a challenge and an adventure.  I paint standing up at an easel, listening to music, responding spontaneously to the image in front of me. I’m in love with color, form and movement–exploring new paths for the eye to take as it sweeps the emerging composition.”

 

A few pieces from Lynne’s gallery

Bountiful

Hedgerow

Why they love Lynne Taetzsch’s art

Debra Perillo, Glen Mills

“We received our painting today and we love it. If you saw the room we hung it in you would think you painted it especially for us!  We are very pleased.  Looking forward to purchasing another soon.  Just have to decide which one we want.  Thank you again.”

Susan Boyle, Seattle

“I recently received my fourth piece from Lynne Taetzsch’s collection.  I have Lynne’s paintings hung throughout my house, and wherever they are located they are the focal point of the room.  The most outstanding feature of them all is color.  Lynne’s sense of color is amazing; my family and friends invariably comment on how beautiful and compelling the colors are, regardless of how many times they have seen them.  They brighten the room on a rainy day in Seattle.”

More about Lynne Taetzsch

Shows & Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Abstract Meditations, CAP ArtSpace Gallery, Ithaca, NY 2016

New Abstract Expressionist Paintings, The Frame Shop Gallery, Ithaca, NY 2013

Improvisation on Canvas, The Kitchen Theater, Ithaca, NY 2012

Abstract Paintings, Salati Gallery, Binghamton, NY 2011

New Abstract Paintings, CAP ArtSpace, Ithaca, NY 2010

Patterns in Abstract Art, Cayuga Museum of History & Art, Auburn, NY 2009

Abstract Refractions, Upstairs Gallery, Ithaca, NY 2007

Black & White & Color, Tompkins County Airport, Ithaca, NY 2006

Featured Artist, Arts Crawl, The Gallery at Hawthorne Plaza, Overland Park, KS 2004

Fundamental Energy, Shangri-La Gallery, Ithaca, NY 2004

New Work by Lynne Taetzsch, Clinton House ArtSpace, Ithaca, NY 2001

Improvisation in Color, Community School of Music & Art, Ithaca, NY 2000

Recent Paintings, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY 2000

New Acrylic Paintings, Gallery for the Arts, Mt. Sterling, KY 1998

Recent Works, Astrea Gallery, Washington, DC 1991

Acrylic Paintings, Division of Cultural Affairs Gallery, Tallahassee, FL 1990

Selected Paintings, President’s Gallery, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 1990

Recent Acrylic Paintings, Hartley Gallery, Winter Park, FL 1990

Paintings by Lynne Taetzsch, Friends of Jung, San Diego, CA 1988

Oil Paintings, The Revelation, New York, NY 1971

Recent Oil Paintings, Paula Insel Gallery, New York, NY 1964