David Lynch  (American, 1946) 

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David Lynch (American, b.1946) is best known as a prolific modern filmmaker. However, his work stretches out into the world of television, music, painting, and many other forms of art. His style is often characterized as surrealist, and he has even been branded with his own style, called Lynchian Style. Lynch was born in Missoula, MT, and moved around from place to place until he landed in Philadelphia, PA, where he enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

After a stint in Philadelphia, he moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he launched his film career. While working at the AFI Conservatory, Lynch created his first motion picture, Eraserhead (1977), a black-and-white surrealist horror film. The film was not acclaimed by critics, but it has held a strong cult following since its release. It wasn''t until the film The Elephant Man (1980) that Lynch received his first real taste of critical and commercial success. The film received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Director. More importantly, Lynch became a household name, whose art has reached millions of viewers. Along with several feature films, Lynch has created many short films, several television series, and even some music videos.

Although most commonly known for his films, Lynch initially studied to be a painter. Lynch’s painting is characterized by its absence of color. He believes that black is a liberating factor and uses it to make his works become more dreamlike. In 2007, a major art retrospective on Lynch, The Air is on Fire, was displayed at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. This exhibition contained paintings, photographs, drawings, and other work, including site-specific installations.

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David Lynch, My Girlfriend Had Red Hair

 

David Lynch
My Girlfriend Had Red Hair
2013

Kayne Griffin Corcoran
David Lynch, Machine

 

David Lynch
Machine
2013

Kayne Griffin Corcoran
David Lynch, At 3 A.M. I Am Here With The Red Dream

 

David Lynch
At 3 A.M. I Am Here With The Red Dream
2013

Kayne Griffin Corcoran
David Lynch, Spiral

 

David Lynch
Spiral
2012

Kayne Griffin Corcoran
David Lynch, Modern House

 

David Lynch
Modern House
2012

Kayne Griffin Corcoran
David Lynch, Shadow of a Twisted Hand Across My House

 

David Lynch
Shadow of a Twisted Hand Across My House
1988

Galerie Karl Pfefferle
David Lynch, I Burn Pinecone

 

David Lynch
I Burn Pinecone
2009

Galerie Karl Pfefferle
David Lynch, Truck Lifts Rock by Tower

 

David Lynch
Truck Lifts Rock by Tower
2012

Kayne Griffin Corcoran
David Lynch, Red Black Yellow Table Lamp

 

David Lynch
Red Black Yellow Table Lamp
2011

Kayne Griffin Corcoran
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David Lynch, Espresso table

 

David Lynch
Espresso table, 1988
birch plywood, steel, steel wire with turnbuckle

 

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David Lynch, Factory at Night with Nude

 

David Lynch
Factory at Night with Nude, 2007
lithograph

 

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David Lynch, Factory at Night with Smoke Klown

 

David Lynch
Factory at Night with Smoke Klown
brick, cardboard, tempera and plaster

 

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1946   Born in Missoula, Montana
1963 - 1964   Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C.
1964 - 1965   Boston Museum School, Boston, Massachusetts
1965 - 1967   Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  Filmography
2001 Mulholland Drive
1999 The Straight Story
1997 Lost Highway
1995 Lumiere and Company
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
1990 Wild at Heart
1989 Twin Peaks (pilot)
1988 The Cowboy and the Frenchman
1986 Blue Velvet
1984 Dune
1980 The Elephant Man
1976 Eraserhead
1974 The Amputee
1970 The Grandmother
1968 The Alphabet
1967 Six Men Getting Sick
  Television Credits
1992 Hotel Room
1991 On the Air
1990 American Chronicles
1989 Twin Peaks
  Advertising/Promotional Spots
1995 'Longing.' Promotional video for Japanese singer Yoshiki
1994 Sun Moon Stars. Ad for the Karl Lagerfeld fragrance
1993 Alka-Seltzer PLus. Ads
1993 Barilla Pasta. Ad
1993 'The Wall.' Ad for Adidas
1993 'Revealed.' Public service message for the American Cancer Society on Breast Cancer
1993 'The Institute of Life.' Jill Sander
1992 'Who is Gio.' Ad for giorgio Armani fragrance
1992 Opium. Ad for Yves Saint Laurent
1991 Dangerous. Promotion for Michael Jackson's Dangerous tour
1991 'Wicked Game.' Video for the Chris Isaak song featured in Wild at Heart
1991 Georgia Coffee. Four ads for Japanese TV, set in Twin Peaks and featuring characters from the TV show
1988 Obsession. Four ads for the Calvin Klein fragrance
2011   New Painting and Sculpture, William Griffin Gallery
2010   The Prints of David Lynch, Artame. Istanbul
2010   The Air is on Fire, GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark
2010   Crime and Punishment, from Goya to Picasso (Group Exhibition),Musée D’Orsay, Paris,
2010   Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar, Germany
2009   Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich, Germany
2009   Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
2009   Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, Moscow, Russia
2009   David Lynch, Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009   Idem, Paris, France
2009   Galerie des Galeries, Paris, France
2009   New Paintings, GRIFFIN in cooperation with James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009   Max Ernst Museum, Bruhl, Germany
2009   Ars Cameralis Culture Institution, Katowice, Poland
2008   Gallery Ammann, Locarno, Switzerland
2008   Scoula Romana di Fotografia, Rome, Italy
2008   Epson Kunstbetrieb, Dusseldorf, Germany
2007   La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
2007   Galerie du Jour, Paris, France
2007   Galerie du Passage, Paris, France
2004   Atlas Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
2001   Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France
2001   Centre de Cultura de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
1997   Otsu Parco Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1997   Galerie Piltzer, Paris (solo)
1996   Artium, Fukuoka, Japan (solo)
1996   Namba City Hall, Osaka, Japan (solo)
1996   Park Tower Hall, Tokyo (solo)
1995   Painting Pavillion, Open Air Museum, Hakone, Japan (solo)
1995   Kohn/Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, California (solo)
1993   James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, California (solo)
1992   Sala Parpallo, Valencia (solo)
1991   Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (solo)
1990   No. 0 Gallery, Los Angeles, California (solo)
1990   Tavelli Gallery, Aspen, Colorado (solo)
1989   Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, New York (solo)
1989   James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, California (solo)
1989   University of Hawaii, Honolulu
1987   Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts: Fellowship 1897-1987, 90th Anniversary Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1987   Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (solo)
1987   James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, California (solo)
1983   Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (solo)
1967   Vanderlip Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)