Michael J Lynch
Born in Denver in 1950, Lynch’s career in the arts has progressed seemingly by fate. Interested in drawing and painting for a long as he can remember, a family move to Chicago allowed him frequent visits to the Chicago Art Institute. He was fascinated with the pallet and textural qualities of painting by masters such as Sargent, Chase and Cassett. Standing very close to the paintings, the young artist saw rich, heavy brushstrokes laid against luminous washes. Standing farther back, the seemingly loose swatches of paint actually revealed form with precise accuracy.
Those early observations provided genuine interest. They gave him the judgment to overlook the anti-traditionalist trend then current in academics, and the courage to pursue the dictates of his own vision.
Lynch had every intention of pursuing a formal art education. He was, however, discouraged by progressive art departments that were not committed to the merits of a disciplined, technical foundation in fine arts.
He decided to reserve his art for himself. Rather than dilute his love of painting by following contemporary fashion, he earned a degree in political science and then worked for an airline. This auspicious choice gave him the benefit of travel, and also exposed him to a world of exciting subjects. Recognizing the opportunity, he arranged his time to hone his skills as an artist. During his regular break periods abroad, he painted constantly and continued his lifelong habit of visiting museums. Lynch’s understanding of art ranges through history. He also feels an affinity for the finest of today’s abstract painters. “They have total freedom to do what they want,” he stresses. “Their work is straight from the heart.”
The early seventies were a turning point in Lynch’s career. In Denver, a fortuitous encounter with a close-knit association of painters, the Denver Seven, provided support and enthusiasm that encouraged Lynch to pursue his desire to paint. Lynch participated in workshops, met other artists, and most importantly, continued developing and defining his own artistic skills.
Today, Lynch is simply one of the best communicators around. With his solid expertise, he creates a permeable plane that draws the viewer’s eye into the depths of the image. It goes far beyond rote perspective or stylistic tricks, and works equally well with still life, figure, or landscape. “When a work is very literal,” he contends, “there’s not a lot you can say.”
In each of Lynch’s paintings, every element of information is present, invigorated by technical experience and scholarly knowledge. Above and beyond those things is a quality of excitement that snaps the painting to life. It is the artist’s commitment to each creation, each venture into a fresh idea.
Michael Lynch is a member of the National Academy of Western Art, the Chelsea Art Club in London, has shown with the Artist of America, and exhibits with the Salon d’ Arts show in Denver.
signed Michael J. Lynch, 1994
Oil on board
Size 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)