Lindsey Bull's paintings depict a curious cross-section of people - they often seem lonely, melancholy, shy and introverted, as if trying to avoid our gaze or to distance themselves from the world. But they are also often eccentric, gregarious characters who enjoy their subcultural affiliations and live out inner fantasies through their outward appearance - dressing up in unusual clothes or fancy dress, unorthodox hats, over-the-top make-up, way-out hair. It is a bohemian cast, an eclectic community of outsiders and auteurs, interlopers and introverts, waifs and strays, dandies and extroverts.
While Bull is interested in the image, the fashions, the look of such individuals and groups, it is equally their inner lives that she is trying to capture - like an uninvited portrait painter for tortured romantic souls, an observer of those who fall outside the mainstream. A posture, a glance, just a moment captured that gives something away about her subjects' states of mind, their personalities, their psychologies - these are the momentary revelatory flashes that Bull immortalises in paint. Such haunting and affecting epiphanies are the interface between the inner and outer lives of her subjects, the intersection of repression and expression, of self and other.
Bull was awarded the Red Mansion Art Prize in 2010, the Liverpool Biennial Associate Artist Award in 2016 and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant Award in 2017. She has participated in extensive residences and exhibitions internationally and locally.
An Interview with Lindsey BullBy Jemma Hickman January 12, 2021Tell us about your experience of 2020? Has the pandemic and subsequent lockdown changed the way you work or think about your practice? As with most people the experience of 2020 has been difficult. However, strangely enough I felt a weird sense of relief when everything closed down. I live quite a hermetic lifestyle anyway visiting the studio and my allotment, often seeing no one at these places. The major change was homeschooling! In between looking after the children at home, I managed to fit in studio time...