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How this Penwortham artist is capturing views from lockdown

Posted on - 20th May, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Health, Penwortham, People, Preston News
Shiryn's lockdown paintings include views from local walks Pic: @shirynwynterart
Shiryn’s lockdown paintings include views from local walks, like this one of Old Penwortham Bridge Pic: @shirynwynterart

A Penwortham artist is transforming lockdown views from around the city into pieces of abstract art.

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Shiryn Wynter is inviting local people to send in views from their homes or local daily walks, and is painting a selection of submissions.

Shiryn, who has over a thousand followers on Facebook, said: “I decided to create a project that the community could get involved with.

“I’m inviting members of the public to send me their lockdown views; they could be an urban scene, or of the country, beach or anywhere.

“I have received a huge variety of images, and am trying to pick a mixture from the very scenic local views, and the more humdrum, limited window views.

Shiryn is painting views from people's homes during lockdown Pic: @shirynwynterart
Shiryn is painting views from people’s homes during lockdown Pic: @shirynwynterart

“I am an abstract artist so although I take my inspiration from the images they are not an exact representation of the picture. My job is to create something different, something that hopefully inspires, and makes you feel a certain way.

“I am posting the paintings on my Facebook page. My aim is to have done enough by July to run a competition for people to vote for their favourite lockdown view. The winner will receive the painting.

“At the end of lockdown I will hopefully be able to have an exhibition of all the paintings at the Pavilion Cafe in Avenham Park.”

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Shiryn, who is currently studying an MA in Fine Art at UCLan, began the project after members of the public praised her work for the positive impact it has had on their mental wellbeing during difficult times.

Shiryn Wynter
Shiryn with two of her works

She said: “I am a great believer that visual art can improve mental health, and I strive to create uplifting art.”

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To see more of Shiryn’s work or submit your view, visit Shiryn Wynter Art on Facebook.

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What do you think of Shiryn’s project? Will you be submitting a view? Let us know in the comments.

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