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Lyn captures the heart of West Coast beaches

29 Apr 2020

People near and far flock to Auckland’s West Coast beaches, largely to experience its black sand, rugged rock formations, and beautiful surrounding scenery. It’s also here that prolific Kiwi artist Lyn Bergquist found inspiration for some of his latest works, focusing on Paratahi Island and the loneliness of Karekare Beach.

Featuring Resene acrylics on canvas, Lyn’s collection The Sibling That Strayed Too Far looks to express the emptiness, isolation and broad expanse of the beach, as well as the artist’s fascination with the tidal sand patterns.

The colours of the West Coast beaches and overcast skies were also an inspiration, with Lyn using Resene acrylic paints to capture its beauty. 

The collection was created as part of the Karekare House Artist’s Residency, which is open to four artists a year as a residency and studio space. During Lyn’s time there, he completed the eight works that make up the collection, showcasing it last year and earlier this year. 

Lyn has had a long career as a designer and art director in the film industry and uses Resene in both his film and artwork. 

“I have been painting successfully with Resene Lumbersider paints since 1986, and still use them solely today,” he says, counting more than 300 art pieces where he’s used Resene paint as part of his tools. 

The Sibling That Strayed Too Far as well as a gallery of Lyn’s other artworks can be seen on his website,