Lynfield George "Lyn" Ott

Born : 25th April, 1926 - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA

Died : 22nd April, 1998 - Myrtle Beach, Sth Carolina, USA

Married : Phyllis Vita Silverman

Children : Chris & Leslie.

                  Mimi & Betsy, from Phyllis' previous marriage.

Parents : Irene & Lester



AMERICAN

 

PAINTER

 

Mid 1940s ; Photo courtesy of the Christopher Ott
Mid 1940s ; Photo courtesy of the Christopher Ott


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Courtesy of Sher DiMaggio
Courtesy of Sher DiMaggio
Lyn with Meher Baba
Lyn with Meher Baba
The Ott Family
The Ott Family
Lyn talking to Hermes ( left )
Lyn talking to Hermes ( left )
Lyn & Phyllis Ott
Lyn & Phyllis Ott
Private collection
Private collection
"Out of Fathomless Depths Love Blooms" -  Ott Family Collection, Myrtle Beach, Sth Carolina
"Out of Fathomless Depths Love Blooms" - Ott Family Collection, Myrtle Beach, Sth Carolina
Lyn working at his studio in Myrtle Beach. Photo courtesy Of Christopher Ott
Lyn working at his studio in Myrtle Beach. Photo courtesy Of Christopher Ott
 Private collection
Private collection
Courtesy of Henry and Kecha Kachouty
Courtesy of Henry and Kecha Kachouty
 Private collection
Private collection
Courtesy of Henry and Kecha Kachouty
Courtesy of Henry and Kecha Kachouty
Courtesy of Don McBride
Courtesy of Don McBride
Lyn Ott  #G17 ; Courtesy of the Meher Spiritual Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Lyn Ott #G17 ; Courtesy of the Meher Spiritual Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Girl with fruit. Painted at Woodstock, NY. Private collection
Girl with fruit. Painted at Woodstock, NY. Private collection
Girl with fruit, Close up
Girl with fruit, Close up
1976 : " Undoubtedly I Am Love " .Courtesy of Bobbie Bernstein
1976 : " Undoubtedly I Am Love " .Courtesy of Bobbie Bernstein
1972
1972
Private Collection
Private Collection
Sketch ; Courtesy of Ann McEvoy
Sketch ; Courtesy of Ann McEvoy
Courtesy of Walter Witkowski
Courtesy of Walter Witkowski
"Moses Conversing with God at the Close of an Age"  43" X 45" : Courtesy of Steve Cain
"Moses Conversing with God at the Close of an Age" 43" X 45" : Courtesy of Steve Cain
Courtesy of Rainy Day Designs
Courtesy of Rainy Day Designs
Private collection
Private collection
1972 ; Image courtesy of Glow International - Summer 2015
1972 ; Image courtesy of Glow International - Summer 2015
"Dreamer of the Dream " - Courtesy of Jack Mormon
"Dreamer of the Dream " - Courtesy of Jack Mormon
1967
1967
Courtesy of Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC.
Courtesy of Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC.
Private Collection
Private Collection
mid 1960s - Courtesy of the Siegell Collection
mid 1960s - Courtesy of the Siegell Collection
Courtesy of Chris Ott
Courtesy of Chris Ott
 Private collection
Private collection
Courtesy of Avatar's Abode, Queensland, Australia
Courtesy of Avatar's Abode, Queensland, Australia
Private collection
Private collection
"Out of that, nothing came, this everything" - Lyn Ott
"Out of that, nothing came, this everything" - Lyn Ott
Lyn Ott ; 1965
Lyn Ott ; 1965
Lyn and his son Christopher.  Courtesy of Chris Ott
Lyn and his son Christopher. Courtesy of Chris Ott

VIDEOS

LP RECORD COVERS

1973 ; " Father of my Song"
1973 ; " Father of my Song"
1978 ; " Songs to the Eternal Beloved "
1978 ; " Songs to the Eternal Beloved "

BOOK


IN QUEST OF THE FACE OF GOD


1980


Hardcover : Published by - Meher Prasad

105 p.


Softcover : Published by - Sheriar Press

105 p.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lyn Ott


Ott in his Woodstock studio, 1964


Birth name Lynfield George Ott
Born April 25, 1926
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Died April 22, 1998 (aged 71)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Nationality United States
Field Painter
Training Rhode Island School of Design
Movement

Expressionism

 

Lynfield George Ott (April 25, 1926 – April 22, 1998), better known as Lyn Ott, was an American painter and a follower of Meher Baba.

 

Biography

Ott was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1926 to Irene and Lester Ott (vice president of W. T. Grant). Ott was born with retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary degenerative eye disease that leads almost inevitably to blindness. In spite of this, Ott's father Lester encouraged him to pursue his interest in painting.

Ott graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1947. He established a studio in SoHo in New York City and exhibited in several one-man shows at the Lovisco Gallery in the late 1950s and early 1960s, which received positive reviews.

In 1958, Ott settled in Woodstock, New York and joined the Art Students League of New York. There he began a long-term partnership with fellow painter and spiritual seeker Phyllis Vita Silverman. They had two children, Chris and Leslie, and raised two others, Mimi and Betsy, from Phyllis' previous marriage.

 

Meeting Meher Baba

In 1964 Ott and his wife came in contact with the Indian spiritual master Meher Baba. They traveled to India where they met Meher Baba in 1965. In his book, In Quest of the Face of God, Ott wrote that prior to meeting Meher Baba art had been his religion, but after meeting Meher Baba, Ott became devoted to him and painted him almost exclusively.

In 1966, the Ott family settled at the Meher Spiritual Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There, despite increasingly poor eyesight, Ott produced approximately 500 paintings of Meher Baba. To compensate for his failing vision, he worked under bright floodlights with his face inches from the canvas. He also produced collaborative art with Phyllis and other local artists. His artistic career was ended by his complete blindness in 1976, at which time he attended the South Carolina Commission for the Blind [4], and gave up painting. Today Ott's paintings of Meher Baba are found in collections around the world. The 17 murals that he and his wife Phyllis painted in 1975 can be seen on permanent exhibit in the Meher Pilgrim Center in Meherabad, near Ahmednagar, India.

Ott died at the Meher Center 1998, three days before his 72nd birthday, survived by Phyllis and their four children. He published one book, "In Quest of the Face of God", and completed a memoir, "Journey Out of Darkness", that remains unpublished.

 

Style and influence

It is difficult to categorize Ott's artistic style. He admitted being impressed and influenced by eminent artists from many eras and schools of painting including Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer, Willem De Kooning, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Salvador Dalí, and Claude Monet. He was interested also in William Blake and Nicholas Roerich. He even described finding inspiration in the caricaturic genius of Walt Disney and the popularism of Norman Rockwell. He has been described as an action painter, an abstract expressionist, and an impressionist. Among the artists who either studied under Ott or were influenced by him were James Frisino, Bruce Herman, James Meyer, Laurie Blum, Mark Brosgol, and Will David.