Works on Paper
Kathryn Lynch’s oeuvre covers the city and the countryside, their people, activities, flora, even dogs. She takes aesthetic possession of all that surrounds her, and after she identifies and deeply understands their essence she gives them back to us as art.
The essence of things, rather than their extraneous details, is at the core of Lynch’s thinking, and has been since her teen years when she decided to become an artist. Her mother’s death around that same time impressed upon the young Lynch the impermanence of life; that the deepest truth of living must be comprehended instinctively or, perhaps equally satisfying, accepted as mystery. Her challenge then was to find a language to unite these dichotomies, not just as an aesthetic solution but as a personal, even emotional expression of a lived experience.
Lynch has thus developed a direct and simplified visual vocabulary to express the complexities of her worlds —New York, where she and her husband and two children live and where she maintains a studio; Shelter Island where the family summers— into imagery at once satisfyingly accessible in their identity (city street, country lake, dog, flower, person), the core essence of their life in plain view, and yet exuding a mystery, an awareness of their brief hold on time. Lynch describes her work as existing “somewhere between being and nothingness.”
Lynch’s unique vision was recognized early on. She has been exhibiting steadily in important group and solo exhibitions since earning her MFA in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania followed by additional study at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work is held in major private and public collections such as the University of California’s Berkeley Art Museum, the Johnson & Johnson corporate collection and the Microsoft Art Collection. Grants and honors include residencies at the prestigious Yaddo Retreat in Saratoga Springs, New York and at Joya: Arte & Aclologia in Cortijada Los Gázquez, Spain, among others. She has been the subject of numerous articles and publications, including favorable reviews in The New York Times, and was a featured artist in Elle Décor magazine.