Lynn Bates is a contemporary artist who has been living and working in Cumbria for over 20 years. She trained as a fine artist at the Byam Shaw School of Art (1978- 83) then as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Art (1983-86) before going on to train and work as a scenic artist at the BBC, painting vast cloths for TV sets, which gave her a taste for large paintings. She has spent her time in Cumbria painting her own compositions as well as being a freelance muralist and effects painter and occasionally working for theatre .
Lynn has exhibited in various galleries over the years; Cadogan Contemporary, Cork Street and Fulham Galleries in London; as well as the RA Summer Show, and more recently, Tullie House, The Upfront Gallery and Rheged. She also has work in the collections of Deborah Moggach, Patricia Hodge, Hotel Shangri La (Hong Kong) and Joseph Tricot among many others .
The Wastepickers was inspired by scenes from the Subcontinent but also references other situations. Despite the chaos and human struggles there is beauty and it is an attempt to capture that beauty and atmosphere that are a backdrop to the desperate struggles of everyday living in a Capitalist system and the incomprehensibly enormous task of clearing the devastation it has caused in the World.