Lynn Hurst

Vanitas - Honeybee Pyramid, 2017/2020


Vanitas - Honeybee Pyramid, 2020

Giclée Print, 800 x 800 mm, AP, Edition of 5
Archival Mount & Frame 
Unframed Print 1/5 $2,250.00
Vanitas - Honeybee Pyramid, 2017/2020
Giclée Print, 1000 x 1000mm

Vanitas Series

These works explore issues surrounding perception, memory, and the construction of reality. The work, which at first glance appears to be a studio photograph, is a digital fabrication in which high- resolution scans of individual objects have been painstakingly fused into a virtual space. The labour-intensive process is conceptually significant to the artist in the way its obsessive nature and deceptive output mirrors a society bombarded by false narratives and consumed by the quest for an unattainable perfectionism. 

Content, compositional devices and aesthetic choices directly reference 17th century Flemish and Dutch Vanitas paintings. In those works, arrangements of valuable and highly symbolic objects conveyed the worldliness, prosperity and, to those who understood the language, the piousness of the patron. The 17th century was a time of great material wealth in Northern Europe and the Vanitas painting served cross purposes for the nobility and upwardly mobile merchant class. Ostensibly they acted as memento mori, reminders of human vanity, mortality, and the need for redemption, stressing that worldly possessions, pleasures, and achievements were worthless when one was confronted with death. Ironically, in their skilled depictions of precious objects, they were themselves objects of pleasure—status symbols whose success was dependent on their aesthetic artistry, technical virtuosity, and coded iconography.   

Selected Solo Exhibitions:   

2014 Lynn Hurst – Vanitas, Whanganui Arts @ The Centre,
Whanganui; Lynn Hurst - Nature Morte, The Edith Gallery, UCOL Whanganui; 2013 Lynn Hurst: Artifacts, Space Gallery
Whanganui; 2011 Artefacts – Lynn Hurst;
Auckland Festival of Photography: Culture : Identity : Participation :
Art; Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland; 2010 Lynn Hurst: Anatomy Lessons,
The Edith Gallery, UCOL, Whanganui; 2009 Connections,
The Edith Gallery, UCOL, Whanganui; 2005 Readings from Scientific America, Quay Gallery, Quay School of the Arts, UCOL, Wanganui; 1999 Lynn Hurst, Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland; 1998The Deconstructed Self, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui; 1989 Lynn Hurst, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas; 1989 Lynn Hurst, Locus Gallery, St Louis, Missouri; 1986Lynn Hurst, Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne, Wyoming; 1986 Lynn Hurst, The Watson Gallery, Houston, Texas; 1985 Lynn Hurst. Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond; 1982 Lynn Hurst, Osuna Gallery, Washington DC; 1981 Brooklyn Artist Studios /Lynn Hurst, Brooklyn, New York.

Selected Group Exhibitions:   

2015 Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant Gallery on the Quay; I AM SHE, Space Gallery, Whanganui 2014 Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant Gallery on the Quay; Buy by/Bye Bye Cover, W.H. Milbank Gallery, Whanganui; Alternatives, The Edith Gallery, Whanganui Ucol  2013 Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant Gallery, Merit Award; Blue. Gallery on Guyton, Whanganui;  2012AsianIsIt/IsItAsian; Space Gallery, Whanganui; Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant Gallery; I’m Drawn to…, Community Arts Center, Whanganui; Alternatives Relocated, Edith Gallery, Whanganui UCOL;  2011 Toys, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland, NZ Carey Smith & Co. Ltd. Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant Art Gallery, Whanganui, NZ;  2010 Alternatives 2010, Federal Hotel Gallery, UCOL, Wanganui;  2009  150 x150; Sanderson Contemporary Art; Auckland NZ;  2008 The National Drawing Award 2008, Artspace, Auckland; The Physics Room, Christchurch; Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ; Beautiful Terrors, City Art Rooms, Auckland, NZ;  2007 Alternatives. Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, USA;  2006 Quay to Quay, Aaron Laurence Gallery, Wellington, NZ;  2005 Back to the Hand, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui;  2004  100+, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui;  2003 Changing Rooms, The Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui; Group Exhibition. Leslie Kriesler Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ;  2001 Black and White, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, NZ;  2000 Collection of the Artist, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui; 1994 The Whanganui River – Images Revisited, Sarjeant Gallery Wanganui NZ;  1993 Talleres en Fronteras: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art from South Texas and Baja California, Weil Gallery, Corpus Christi State University, Texas, USA; Museo Regional of The Universidad Automoma de Baja California in Mexicali, Mexico; Art Gallery, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas, USA; Centro Cultural, Tijuana, Mexico;  1992 Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; The Passionate Eye:What Texas Artists Collect, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin Texas, USA;  1991 Anxious Nature – Five Painters, Gallery of the Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA;  1989 New American Talent 1989 Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas, USA; Legacy II: Texas Realism, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, USA;  1986 Talent, Allan Stone Gallery, New York City, USA;  1985 Diverse Works Presents Diverse Works, Diverse Works, Houston Texas, USA ; Buy-Product, Glassell School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA;  1984 1st Wyoming Biennial, Wyoming Museum of Art, Cheyenne, USA; Directors Choice, Galveston Art Centre, Texas, USA; Treasures in the Air, Dougherty Cultural Arts Center, Austin Texas, USA;  1982 Group Show, Osuna Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA;  1981 Studio Scholar Awards Show, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn New York, USA.


  • 2018 National Arts Award Finalist, NZ.

  • US National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artist Fellowship

  • US National Endowment for the Arts/Cultural Arts Council of Houston

  • Artist’s Fellowship Ford Foundation Grant

  • Pratt Institute Graduate Fellowship

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