TWIN: Jerry & Terry Lynn At the TN Arts Commission

Evolution: Twin/Jerry and Terry Lynn at the Commission Gallery July 22—September 16

Twins Jerry and Terry Lynn

Born in Tennessee and raised in a tight-knit family, it was only natural that brothers Terry and Jerry Lynn heard stories from relatives about living in rural communities across the Southeastern U.S. Those memories and reflections have become the brothers’ visual vocabulary. Their historical narrative paintings depict an unidentifiable time period in black family life: fields, churches, blues music and family gatherings.

Through color selection, urban marks that might be symbolic of hip-hop or graffiti, and collaged items — be it cotton balls, twill ticking, newspaper clippings or glitter — Terry and Jerry take historic imagery and jolt it into the current century collaboratively and individually.

Active artists, lecturers and demonstrators, Terry and Jerry paint collaboratively as TWIN. They have received numerous awards, including from the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, the Pinnacle Leadership Award from Youth United Way, and the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Together, Terry and Jerry have been the official artists for the 12th Annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, the 13th Annual Africa in April Festival in Memphis, the WGCI 107.5 FM Urban Radio Music Awards in Chicago, IL and at the 1998 Essence Awards in New York City, NY.

The brothers have also had solo exhibitions in Memphis and Arlington, as well as out-of-state exhibitions in Dallas, TX; Little Rock, AR; and Mitchellville, MD. Their work can be found in the collections of Bell-South Corporation, Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., Hollywood Casino, Memphis First Community Bank, Saturn Corporation, Shelby County Mayor’s Office, Southwest Community College, the University of Oklahoma and other corporations.

Jerry Lynn received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Memphis. Terry also graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and continued to the University of Mississippi to receive his Master in Fine Arts. Their collective work as TWIN and individual art is represented through David Lusk Gallery. Find out more about Jerry and Terry Lynn at

Click here to see the online gallery. Contact David Lusk Gallery for availability 901.767.3800.

The Tennessee Arts Commission gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, or to schedule a galley walk through, contact Krishna Adams at or 615.532.9798.