Biography

Lynette Haggard is an abstract artist who makes paintings, drawings, assemblage and objects. Her work is constructed with lush color, sweeping marks, shapes and forms that sometimes abut or nest within one another. 

Recent group exhibitions include Extravagant Chemistry, Anatomies of Painting ​at the Bristol (RI) Art Museum, In Praise of Form at the Piano Craft Gallery (Boston) and Women in Abstraction, New Art Center (MA).

Born in Natick, Massachusetts, she earned her BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia (formerly Philadelphia College of Art). Haggard is the recipient of a Virginia Center for Creative Arts Fellowship, and her work is featured on Geoform.net, a global, scholarly resource and curatorial project. 

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Photo: Stephanie Jasieniecki

Haggard has exhibited widely in galleries and museums throughout the US. Venues include: Amy Simon Fine Art (CT), R&F Handmade Paints Gallery (NY), Art Basel Miami, Conrad Wilde Gallery (Tucson), The Saco Museum, New Hampshire Institute of Art, The Painting Center (NYC),  Site Brooklyn Gallery, and in Massachusetts: 13FOREST Gallery, The Schoolhouse Gallery, Attleboro Museum, The Art Complex Museum, Danforth Museum, Provincetown Art Museum, and The Copley Society.

Haggard’s work is in many collections including The New Britain Museum of American Art, Emerson Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, R&F Handmade Paints, and private collections in the US and abroad.

My work is essentially a balancing act of experimenting and improvising with lush color, materials and processes. I investigate abstraction without the need for a narrative or specific reference. Chunky forms and gestural strokes mingle with shards and fragments of color, sometimes nesting within or abutting one another. Working like this can be gritty and awkward. It can also yield powerful, tender and intimate discoveries as the work develops. Tension and content are created from the positioning of marks, shape and color.

 

For almost 30 years I have lived on a river. Each day I renew connections to the natural world, its rhythms and patterns, systems and mysteries. Being both a witness to and participant in the ecosystem has deeply fortified my artistic practice. Form is both created by and nourished by nature. I am grateful to have access to this experience and value how it manifests itself in my work.