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Lynn B. Northrop

Lynn B. Northrop

b. 1946

Lynn B. Northrop received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Design and Sculpture from Syracuse University in 1968 and has lived in Western New York since 1970. She was employed by Fisher Price as a product designer in the toy industry from 1970 through 1988. Since then, she has focused on her art and freelance design work. Northrop has exhibited her work with the Buffalo Society of Artists, also serving as its president in 2003 and 2004, as well as at the Indigo Gallery (Buffalo), the Erie Art Museum (Erie, PA), and the 2013 and 2015 editions of Art in Craft Media at the Burchfield Penney, among others. [1]

Northrop's works combine diverse elements from the natural world with man-made components to create unique sculptural pieces. The disparate parts combine to create a connected and cohesive whole. "Each linkage makes the piece more powerful,” she says. [2]

Northrop's artistic practice often explores the ability of objects to convey meaning across time. "Love tokens, amulets, good luck charms, and souvenirs all have the power to evoke images of another person, place, or experience,” she notes. “So too the well-worn tool retains some of the energy of the hand that once wielded it. We can look at a once beloved object and it conjures up a face or a smile long forgotten or perhaps never known.” [2]


[1] Lynn Northrop, Artist Biography, Burchfield Penney Artist File. 

[2] All quotes from an undated artist’s statement by Lynn B. Northrop.