"I always thought I would get into painting, but I got waylaid by rock'n' roll. Finally, I thought, 'Now's the time.' As soon as I could be alone and paint without any interruptions, I just couldn't stop."
Chrissie Hynde was born in 1951 in Akron, Ohio (USA), she currently lives and works in London. Best know as the singer, songwriter and leader of the rock group The Pretenders, in recent years Chrissie Hynde has rekindled her love of painting, a love that predates her passion for music: “I got waylaid by touring in a rock band for 40 years. Now I’m more focused on painting.”
Hynde approaches all aspects of her creativity with a punk mentality. Her works are produced rapidly, acting in the moment of inspiration. Primarily painting with oils on canvas, her subjects vary from flowers in her apartment, abstract motifs and self portraits.
Tim Marlow, Director of the Design Museum, London noted of her work: “The fact that she’s a great musician doesn’t undermine her painting; it underpins it ... I love the fact that in her studio, below the pots filled with brushes and under the table filled with tubes of paint, is a basket full of plectrums. Tools of her trades, old and new.”
In 2019, MASS MoCA held an exhibition of her work, which was the first institutional presentation of Hynde’s paintings to date.
The Sanctum Collection, Karma Sanctum Soho, London, UK
The Sanctum on the Green, Karma Sanctum on the Green, Cookham Dean, UK
The End of 2020, Particular Ideas, online
Chrissie Hynde: Paintings, Mass Moca, Massachusetts, USA
Chrissie Hynde: Adding the Blue, After Nyne Gallery, London, UK
Chrissie Hynde: Adding the Blue, Franklin Bowles Galleries, New York, USA