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Gladys Hynes (1888-1958)   BIOGRAPHY

Noah's Art, 1919
Framed (ref: 8638)
Signed and dated
39 3/8 x 59 in.(100 x 150 cm)


Provenance: Julian Hartnoll, mid 1970's;John Anderson; Godrey Pilkington, mid 1980's Whitford and Hughes, late 1980's; private collection Switerland until 2013; private collection London

Exhibited: Daily Express Young Artists’ Exhibition at The Galleries of the Royal Society of British Artists in Pall Mall in June 1927 

Literature: The Sphere, June 18th 1927

Noah’s Ark was exhibited at the Daily Express Young Artists’ Exhibition at The Galleries of the Royal Society of British Artists in Pall Mall in June 1927 where it was on sale for 100 guineas.
The work is highly original; with its well defined outlines, clearly delineated areas of bold and vigorous colour and hard-edged imagery, it shows the influence of Vorticism. Hynes was friends with Ezra Pound, the American poet and critic who gave the name Vorticism to the movement in 1913. In 1956 Pound wrote to Hynes: W[yndham] L[ewis] certainly made Vorticism. To him alone we owe the existence of Blast’.  

The Observer’s Italophile critic P G Konody also saw the influence of the Italian Renaissance in Hynes’ work, writing in 1922, ‘her assumed naivete, backed by consummate draughtsmanship, is perfectly delightful, her sense of humour probably unique among women artists’.

Portrait of Gladys Hynes by Sir Cedric Morris (1889-1982) 
Oil on canvas

Miss Gladys on the Veranda by Harold Knight (1874-1961)
Oil on canvas

Gladys Hynes (1888-1958)

Biography Painter and sculptor, born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India to an Irish Catholic family with Republican sympathies. She moved to London at the age of three, and later studied at the London School of Art in Earl’s Court under Frank Brangwyn. Between 1906-07 her family moved to Penzance, where she studied at the Stanhope Forbes School of Painting at Newlyn. She left Cornwall in 1919 and spent the rest of her life in Hampstead, London. Her work was influenced by Italian Renaissance art, Vorticism and later on Surrealism. Hynes was involved in Roger Fry’s Omega Workshops, and exhibited at the RA, LG, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, ISSPG and Paris Salon and her work can be seen at the St. Hilary Church in Cornwall where with other Newlyn Artists, she painted the choir stalls. The RAF Museum, Hendon hold an oil painting by Hynes whose work was exhibited in a group exhibition of 1972 at Hartnoll & Eyre Ltd.  Hynes was painted by many of her contemporaries including Harold Knight and Cedric Morris.  She was a involved throughout her life as a militant  in the struggle for Irish independence, and a campaigner for Women’s rights.

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