Extract from “The Inner Self” by Emile Gans


When talking about one’s “inner self”, we refer to that which is most deeply hidden from others and more often than not from ourselves as well – our inner world. Consciously and subconsciously it determines the way in which we see and give meaning to the outer world. As a rule, we are quite capable of discriminating between our inner and outer world, although they are inextricably intertwined.

John Goudie Lynch, born in 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland, has lived since 1974 in Rodes, a little village at the foot of the Mount Canigou in the Eastern Pyrenees in the South of France ; and this region remains a great source of inspiration to him. His paintings are, as a rule, large in concept and worked out with great attention to detail. We see his dream-like inner world portrayed in everyday scenes full of fantasy and ironic narrative power. We recognize ourselves in these credible but bizarre situations and consequently our own existence is put into perspective.

An exhibition of John Goudie Lynch is an experience that gives shape to our inner world. It is a world populated with meaningful people and objects, an imaginary and symbolic world we all have in common. John Goudie Lynch invites us to look at things from another angle. His paintings give us a rare moment of insight, not only into his world, but into our own. He evokes images that are not always reassuring – they are sometimes even frightening – but they are images that will remain with us for a long time.