“Lynn Parotti is a London-based Bahamian artist whose visceral oil paintings respond to the physical and psychological landscape, addressing the intersection of the natural environment and human experience. Her general focus is the depletion of global natural resources and the effect it will have on ourselves and the environments in which we live. Within the last year she has elaborated to include economic dislocation, migration and the movement of peoples, whether by force (as in our legacy) or desperate survival necessity (as in contemporary plights). The concept of ‘dwelling’ or ‘where we live’ has been at the forefront of her mind particularly due to recent political rhetoric and now, reality.”, Allison Thompson Ph.D, 2016.
During 2015-16, Parotti’s work was a part of Nassau Calling. Art in the Bahamas [re]-visited, at HilgerBROTKunsthalle, in Vienna, Austria, curated by Amanda Coulson and Ulrich Voges. She exhibited ‘Daddy’, a portrait dealing with Haitian/Bahamian relationship and migration issues. Her most recent series (Slave House) is currently exhibited at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas until April, 2017. Upcoming Exhibitions include Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, to be presented at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), California from September 16, 2017 to January 28, 2018, “offering a reading of twenty-first century artistic production of the insular Caribbean that employs the archipelago as an analytical framework”, Tatiana Flores (curator) funded by the Getty Foundation.
Scholarships from Lyford Cay and Exxon Oil, enabled Parotti to move to New York at 16 where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Painting from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1990. In the summer of 1992, she was awarded a place and scholarship at the Artist’s Residency, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine for emerging artists. She then completed her Master’s of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993.
Parotti exhibited at the Chelsea Arts Club in 2007, When the Bough Breaks, focusing on stress on the environment referencing the nursery rhyme Rock-a-Bye-Baby. In 2008, she showed at Popopstudios (ICVA) International Centre for the Visual Arts in Nassau an exhibition with similar environmental themes and specifically the effects of climate change on Inagua (the most southern Bahamian Island) in a show called Limit. This was followed by The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower in London where she also curated Alterworld in 2009 in the same artist run space at Imperial Wharf. Parotti was among five Bahamian artists selected by David A. Bailey for the Liverpool Biennial in 2010.
Her work was chosen for a topic-based exhibition, Three Moments which asked artists to examine the relationship between Liverpool and the Caribbean, as part of City States at the Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool, England. Her response was an installation, entitled The Space Between Want which addressed interpretations of Bahamian history from differing perspectives and perceived components of Caribbean identity in the form of love, money and religion; (Roadside Valentine, Haitian Migrant Cleaning Flip Flops, and Abandoned Anglican Church). In this same year her response to a call for works at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas of “What is your Carbon Footprint?” was to create Tar Baby, an installation comprised of three large scale paintings and a centralized sculpture which indicated the potential sea level rise by 2100. Reference to the popular Uncle Remus story of that name (1881) reminded us that failing to act properly on a situation leads to trouble, indicating further the unsuspecting double entendre often present in her colour soaked work.
To Cross This Sea Was Not In My Plan, Oil on canvas, 165 x 230cm, 2016
Work in Collections
The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Nippon Oil Exploration UK Ltd., Tail Wind Advisory Management Ltd., Goldman Sachs Investment Bank, High Commissions of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Washington, New York and London, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Bahamas Maritime Authority, London & New York, Wilmott Dixon, London, International Private Collections including The D’Aguilar Foundation, The Dawn Davies Collection, His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, GCMG, former Governor-General, Bahamas.
Awards and Grants
London Arts Board Funding Programmes (yearly grants) – Arts Education Projects. Visual arts workshops at the Chelsea Children’s Hospital School, The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Collingham Gardens Child and Family Unit. Project Titles: Create Whilst Healing & Life Celebrations.
London Borough of Ealing Grant Aid (yearly grants) – Corporate Resources Group, Ealing in partnership with Arts for Everyone, Lottery Funding. Conducted a year long visual arts residency programme in Ealing schools and provided visual arts workshops at the Pitshanger Manor Museum and Gallery for the academic year.
London Arts Board Funding Programmes 1996 – 98 – Local Authority Art Education. Provided Arts Education Day for schools at the Pitshanger Manor Gallery Ealing, for the academic year.
Phi Kappa Phi Honour Society, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Artist’s Fellowship Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine.
Graduate Assistantship for three semesters Virginia Commonwealth University. Full tuition waiver and monthly stipend.
President’s Award for Visual Arts State University of New York.
Scholarships Lyford Cay Foundation, Nassau, Bahamas.
Merit Scholarship College of Mount St Vincent, Riverdale, NY.
Scholarships Esso Standard Oil Art Competitions, Nassau, Bahamas.
Artist’s Residencies and Charitable Projects
Shortlisted for VARI (V&A Research Institute) Opening the Cabinet of Curiosities Artist Residency, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Uncovering the objects within the collection which were funded by the fruits of the slave trade.
2014-15 Dec 1 – Mar 30
Commissioned to paint ten large scale murals for ESPA at Baha Mar, the New Bahamian Riviera in Nassau, Bahamas. Large abstract works focusing on light, ocean currents, tidal traces in sand, the Bahamas’ historical links to sea, and water caves. Completed works called The Luces Series to be hung throughout the Reception, Retail, and Relaxation Sections of the ESPA (Spa). In addition large scale works were also painted for the Casino, the Convention Centre and for the Rosewood Hotel.
Artist in Residence The Chelsea Children’s Hospital School, London. Responsible for creative visual art workshops for paediatrics at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, St.Mary’s and Collingham Gardens Child and Family Psychiatric Unit. Responsible for creative visual art workshops at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Collingham Gardens Child and Family Unit. Project Titles ‘Life Celebration I-IV’ and ‘Create whilst Healing’ are issue-based, dealing with topics like racism, bullying, environmental conservation, nature and art, artists, personal identity and body image through the creative arts.
Buddy Baer Berlin GmbH sponsored by Dr. Hartwig Piepenbrock, Honorary Consul, to design and paint a 2m tall fibreglass bear for the Bahamas in the United Buddy Bears’ global tour to promote international tolerance and co-existence and raise money for children in need together with UNICEF.
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine Juried New York Residency during Summer: 65 emerging artists under the tutorial of international artists in Maine.
Paintings, Studio and Roof Top Garden featured on Britain’s Best Back Gardens: Alan Titchmarsh’s five favorites, ITV, UK, In which Alan Titchmarsh reveals his ten favourites in the most challenging category.
Blank Canvas Radio Show with Amanda Coulson & the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, April.
BBC Great British Garden Revival: Topiary and Rooftops, BBC2, UK. James Wong uncovers the hidden horticultural past of the capital’s rooftops, visits Lynn Parotti who has moved her entire garden to her rooftop apartment…” Paintings and garden featured.
Destination Lunch Overseas Property TV, in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism of the Bahamas, Sky Television.
Bahamas Week in Como Espansione TV, AL 9000, Italy, June 7th.
Modern Art Replaces Lost Property Featuring Time & Tide paintings British Satellite News, London, Jan.
Radio interviews discussing Parotti Views Exhibition, Love 97 and 102.9 Island FM, Nassau,Bahamas, Aug.
30 minute feature of private view of Currents Exhibition, The Multicultural Channel, London.
Blank Canvas Radio Show with Amanda Coulson & the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.
Art with Conscience – An Interview with Lynn Parotti, by Amy Bell in La Revista, The British Spanish Society Magazine (UK), issue 237, summer pg.25 various paintings featured including Thirst.
Milgate, Marcia. “Water, water everywhere”, Real Life, Caribbean. July.
Watson, Andrea. “Art of Good Design”, The Daily Express, London. Jun 12th.
Pretty Flamingos Lloyd’s List, London, Nov.
Rutherford, Thea. Parotti Sisiters Take it to the Limit, The Nassau Guardian, Bahamas, April 12th.
“Prints and paintings… “An Expression of the links between natural and manmade forces”, The Tribune, Nassau, April 16th.
Brewer, James. Ecological Strains and Fierce Human EmotionsBubble to the Surface Lloyd’s List, London, Jun. 22nd.
Oldman, Alison. When the Bough Breaks :A Nature Painting to Rock Your World Ham & High, London, Jun.14th
Burrows, Petura. “Parotti’s ….appreciation of the sensuous possibilities of oil paint”. The Tribune, Nassau, June 6t
Faces, Colours and Textures La Giovane Pittura Bahamiana, Corriere Della Sera, Italy, Jun.
La Bahamas conquisatano il Lario, Corriere di Como Italy, May.
Burrows, Petura. Using Her Artistic Talent for a Charitable Cause The Tribune. Nassau, Bahamas, Apr.
Bahamian Artist to show Spirit of Bahamas at World Cup The Bahama Journal, Arts & Entertainment, Apr.
Brewer, James. Out of Death Comes an Appreciation of Life Lloyd’s List, London, Nov 3rd.
Brewer, James. Threatened Reefs that Reflect the Fragility of the Human Species Lloyd’s List, London, Feb.
Torelli, Umberto. Idee di Stagione, Quest’ estate vado all’estero Corriere della Sera, Milano, Italy, Jun.
Mather, Janice. See Seascapes Anew with Parotti Views The Nassau Guardian, Bahamas, Aug.
Review of exhibition, Parotti Views The Tribune, The Miami Herald, USA, Aug.
Sisters Make their Views Clear The Tribune, Nassau, Bahamas, Aug.
Bexon, Tina. Artists in Residence The Evening Standard, London, Jun.
Lyford Cay Exhibit Brings Together Four Diverse Painting Styles The Tribune, The Miami Herald, USA.
Training for Artists in Schools Institute of Education, University of London. A course for Artists’ Residencies in schools, galleries and other venues in conjunction with the London Arts Board.
Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting & Printmaking Summa cum laude, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting Summa cum laude, State University of New York at Purchase, New York.
College of Mount Saint Vincent Riverdale, New York.