Nihilistic Delusion, 1993, 40"*40", Tempera
Memory of a Head, 1993, 40"*40", Tempera
|An article on Lynch`s paintings by Starfix|
|Lynch`s career as an artist
started with painting, attending the Corcoran School of Art,
the Boston Museum School, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. He often refers to his early filmic works as
attempts to 'make his paintings move'. Even if these receive
understandably less attention than his movies, he has established his
unique style here as well, for he deliberately avoids references to
painters he admires (unlike his films where he refers to Edward Hopper
and Francis Bacon for example). Surfaces have always been Lynch`s
obsession, so he often literally works with the canvas by inserting
holes or placing little objects on top of it. He likes to combine image
and text and always creates non-abstract works, mostly in dark, 'muddy'
colours to create a rather calm atmosphere with a touch of absurd humour.If one were to situate his paintings somewhere in the context of surrealism, it`d rather be close to Magritte`s absurd minimalism than Dalý`s dreamscapes.
A couple of Lynch`s paintings are included in the coffee-table book 'Images' (Hyperion), which is out of print at present.