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David Lynch

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David Lynch studied painting at the Boston Museum School and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA).

Lynch’s five-decade career includes an extensive body of painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, installation, music, and film. While studying at PAFA in the late 1960s, Lynch had a vision to make his first ‘moving painting’; a sculptural painting beneath a moving projection titled Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times), 1967. This multimedia work marked Lynch’s first foray into video and filmmaking. Since this time his prolific body of work has touched on subjects of the organic body and industrial sites in various states of decay; describing a deeper human experience both beyond and within the everyday. Often depicting these scenes with a language of surrealism and mystery, Lynch’s work balances at the porous divide between the body and the world it inhabits.

Lynch has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including, most recently, a survey at HOME, Manchester (2019), and retrospectives at Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (2018-19), the Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland (2017-18), and the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia (2015). A major survey exhibition was presented at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2014-15) where he studied art. Previously, Brett Littman curated a thematic selection of works addressing Lynch’s use of naming through narrative text that originated at Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles (2013-14) and traveled to the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (2014-15). Also in the United Kingdom, his photographs of industrial scenes were surveyed in “David Lynch: The Factory Photographs” at the Photographers’ Gallery, London (2014). Earlier important solo exhibitions include the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris (2007), the GL Strand in Copenhagen (2010-11), and the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow (2009), among other international institutions.

Born in Missoula, Montana David Lynch now lives and works in Los Angeles. Lynch is also known as a filmmaker and recording artist who over the past three decades has written and directed critically acclaimed films such as Eraserhead, Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire and the television series Twin Peaks. He is also represented by Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles.

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David Lynch Turns His Cryptic Storytelling into Frightening New Canvases
by Alina Cohen
8 November 2019
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David Lynch Doesn’t Believe in Suffering for Art
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24 October 2019
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David Lynch Will Unveil New Mixed-Media Paintings at Sperone Westwater This Fall
by Helen Holmes
9 October 2019
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David Lynch’s Universe Knows No Bounds
by Hans Ulrich Obrist
18 September 2019
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David Lynch on his life and art
18 September 2019
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Dark Enlightenment: An Interview with David Lynch
by Robert Enright
August 2018
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