The Character of Ireland Book
Roy Lyndsay was born in the market town of Castlederg, Co. Tyrone in 1945.
Roy's early days were spent pursuing his main interests of sport and art. Very early drawings included friends playing the violin, the tin whistle or storytelling at social gatherings where everyone present was expected to participate in some form. Roy's talent was to sketch the many great characters that would congregate at such events.
At secondary school, the headmaster was very tolerant and allowed him to spend the majority of his time under the supervision of the art teacher, painting large murals sometimes 30-40 feet long. His interest in art was nurtured throughout his youth, particularly his study of both the human and animal form, which is abundantly evident throughout his later work.
He graduated in Textiles from Huddersfield College of Technology in 1966 and worked for some time in the textile imdustry. From 1978 until 1982 he lectured in textile design at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, whilst painting part-time from home.
Having then embarked on a full-time painting career he went on to become one of Ireland's foremost artists. Roy and his wife, Kathryn, ran the Roy Lyndsay Art Gallery in Blackrock between 1984 and 1992 before moving to Westmeath where they live today.
His studies of Ireland, its people and places are sensitive interpretations of a place with almost as many moods as characters. His Dublin creations are heartfelt responses to that place where historical beauty meets modern decay, a juxtaposition which inspires the creativity that Lyndsay demonstrates time and again.