Tracy Lymn was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. She studied for a Diploma in Fine Art at Underdale CAE before gaining an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design from Marleston TAFE in South Australia. She was named the South Australian 1984 Australian Wool Corporation Young Designer of the Year and was awarded Top Student for 1984. Her career in fashion spanned over 25 years. During this time she freelanced as a graphic design artist for independent record labels and local musicians. The pursuit of work in fashion took her interstate for 15 years. In 2008 Tracy Lymn returned to Adelaide, completing a Certificate IV in Visual Art and Contemporary Craft in 2011. She then went on to study for a Bachelor of Visual Art and Design at Adelaide College of the Arts, graduating in 2016. She works predominately with still life and portrait photography often employing her skills as a textile artist, jeweler and painter in creating unique elements for her images. Tracy Lymn's still life images are carefully considered arrangements of many objects, each chosen for their symbolic relevance to the theme of the work. Her work is heavily influenced by European painting styles like the 17th century Dutch genre of painting dubbed Vanitas and the European 18th and 19th century style of the Grand Portrait. She aims to make work that is intriguing and darkly humorous with undercurrent social, cultural and narrative themes focusing on first world issues including over consumption and waste, the socially driven need to acquire possessions, the fear of perceived failure and the increasing prevalence of depression and the resultant over prescribing of drugs. Some of her narrative works are highly personal, dealing with themes of love and betrayal, communication, pain and dementia. She has shown works in group exhibitions in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney and has held one solo exhibition in the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Tracy Lymn's work was selected for the 2017 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition and was awarded the Royal South Australian Society of Arrts Backers Prize. Her work Trew (sic) Fabrications ) was selected for the 2017 Perth Institute of Contemporary Art's Hatched exhibition.
2017 Trew Fabrications (May 12 to September 4) Foyer of Bendigo Bank Building, 80 Grenfell St. Adelaide, South Australia
2012 White Death and Black Tales Exeter Hotel, Rundle Street East, Adelaide Fringe Festival
2017 RSVP Greyscale Light Square Gallery, ACArts campus, Light Square, Adealiade, S.A.
2017 Hatched Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 51 James St., Perth, W.A.
2017 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, Torrens Parade Ground Drill Hall, Adelaide, S.A.
2016 Ingress Adelaide college of the Arts Graduate Exhibition, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide, S.A.
2016 Helpmann Academy Wrap Up Party Exhibition, Bendigo Bank Building, 80 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, South Australia
2016 Waiting for Hope Stanley Street Art Gallery, Darlinghurst, New South Wales
2015 Hill Smith Gallery SALA Exhibition for ACArts students, Pirie St. Adelaide, South Australia
2013 Night Visions: Trouble and Desire Kent Street Gallery, 201 Smith St. Collingwood, Victoria
2013 A Colour Full Day Myponga Market Gallery, Myponga, South Australia
2011 Fieibrand O'Halloran Hill TAFE Certificate IV in Visual Art and Contemporary Craft Graduate Exhibiton
Current 2017-2018 Bachelor of Creative Art (Visual Art) Honours, Flinders University
2016 Bachelor of Visual Art and Design, Adelaide College of the Arts 2016
2011 Certificate IV in Visual Art and Contemporary Craft
2017 Royal South Australian Society of Arts Backer's Prize for work in the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition
Work held in the collections of:
Private collections in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and London and Adelaide College of the Arts, Light Square, Adelaide