I am Claudia, 2019
Oil on linen, 80 x 60 cm
‘Claudia Scanlon is a teenager living with epidermolysis bullosa, a painful skin condition which causes her skin to easily blister and wound. When I met Claudia to paint her, she talked about her love of art, so I have included tracings of some of her own drawings and her own words in this work. Claudia has a strong voice and I wanted to make sure it was heard in her portrait.’
Lynn Kennedy is a figurative artist based in Dublin. She graduated from the Institute of Art, Design + Technology in 1993, and since then has worked in several creative arts, including design, illustration and photography. Lynn now works primarily in oils, and much of her work is commissioned for private collections. This year her self-portrait was shortlisted for the biennial Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, and is on exhibition at Piano Nobile Kings Place, London, until autumn 2019. She is currently creating work for an upcoming solo exhibition at the Signal Arts Centre in Bray.