Lynn Kenneth Pecknold is an art educator by trade, but a storyteller by profession. It is his visuals, rather than verses, that rouse and run off the page.
Influenced by the evolving tessellations of M.C. Escher, Pecknold creates mystifying and mesmerizing symmetries both painterly and puzzling. His most recent work deals in digital realms. Using software he designed, Pecknold applies the principles of reflection and replication to drawings, paintings and photographs. “He explores the shapes and symbols that exist in everything from found objects to natural elements like driftwood. He is obsessed with the geometry of mirrored and fractal shapes and his pieces reveal unexpected new figures when these duplicate and opposite reflections take form.”
Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Pecknold took an early interest in art; whether it be fashioning his own whistles out of found objects or relishing his first taste of First Nations artists’ bold designs on a field trip to a local museum. It wasn’t until his undergraduate years at the University of British Columbia in the early sixties that he discovered his own artistic language. He enrolled with aims of becoming an architect, but found himself in art history and printmaking classes, which lead him to a change of major. After graduating with a degree in art education, he went on to show at the Mary Frazee Gallery and Avelles Gallery in Vancouver; and the Mauntauk Club and Eg Gallery in New York, where he also attended the Pratt Institute. In 1969, he became a full-time art educator and since then has acquired over 35 years of teaching experience.
He currently resides on Vancouver Island with his wife, Sandra. He retired from his teaching in 2007 to continue to follow his dream – creating art.