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 ‘60s, Lynch had a vision to make his first ‘moving painting’; a sculptural painting beneath a moving projection titled Six Men Getting Sick . 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. 

In 2015 Lynch was the subject of a 50-year retrospective at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia. Previously, Brett Littman (Director of The Drawing Center in New York) curated a thematic selection of works addressing Lynch’s use of naming through narrative text. This exhibition toured to the United Kingdom, where it is currently on view at the Middlebrough Institute of Modern Art. Also in the United Kingdom, his photographs of industrial scenes were surveyed in David Lynch: The Factory Photographs at the Photographers’ Gallery. Lynch was also the subject of a major survey exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy where he studied as an artist. Earlier important solo exhibitions include the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the GL Strand in Copenhagen, and the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow among other international institutions.  

Born in Missoula, Montana David Lynch now lives and works in Los Angeles. He has been the subject of exhibitions at Leo Castelli Gallery, James Corcoran Gallery, Jack Tilton Gallery, and Kayne Griffin Corcoran. 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. 

Born in 1946 Missoula, Montana. Lives and works in Los Angeles, California. 

EDUCATION

1963-64                                   
Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C.


1964-65                                   
Boston Museum School, Boston, Massachusetts
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018
David Lynch, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands 
David Lynch, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA 
Les Visitants: Guillermo Kutica and the Fondation Cartier Collection, Kirchner Cultural Centre, Sarmiento, Argentina

2017
Silence and Dynamism, Centre of Contempory Art, Toruń, Poland
Smiling Jack, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich, Germany 

2015                         
David Lynch: Between Two Worlds, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

2014                         
David Lynch: The Unified Field, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Naming, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, England. Curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, New York
Frank Gehry: Solaris Chronicles, Part 2, Atelier de la Mecanique, LUMA Arles Campus, Arles, France. Curated by Hans Ulrich-Obrist
Small Stories, La maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
The Factory Photographs, Fondazione MAST, Bologne, Italy
The Factory Photographs, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, United Kingdom   

2013                         
Naming, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, California. Curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, New York
David Lynch: New Works, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, California
Hypnotherapy (Group Exhibition), Kent Fine Art, New York, New York
Circle of Dreams, Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image imprimée de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, La Louvière, Belgium

2012                         
Tilton Gallery, New York, New York
Lost Paradise (Group Exhibition), Mönchenhaus Museum, Goslar, Germany
Chaos Theory of Violence and Silence, La Foret Museum, Tokyo, Japan
It Happened at Night, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich, Germany
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Man Waking From Dream, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France

2011                          
David Lynch: New Paintings and Sculptures, Griffin and Corcoran, Santa Monica, California
Works on Paper, Item Gallery, Paris, France

2010                         
David Lynch, Mönchenhaus Museum, Goslar, Germany
David Lynch: Photographs, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich, Germany
Crime and Punishment, from Goya to Picasso (Group Exhibition), Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
News Prints and Drawings, Item Gallery, Paris France 
The Air is on Fire, GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark             
I Hold You Tight, Musée Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland
Lithos 2007-2009, Musée du dessin et de l’estampe originale, Gravelines, France
Darkened Room, Six, Osaka, Japan; Seoul, Korea
Marilyn Manson and David Lynch: Genealogies of Pain, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

2009                        
Dark Splendor, Max Ernst Museum, Brühl, Germany
David Lynch: New Paintings, Griffin and Corcoran, Santa Monica, California
The Air is on Fire, Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, Moscow, Russia
Hand of Dreams, Item Gallery, Paris, France
I See Myself, Galerie des Galeries, Paris, France
David Lynch and William Eggleston: Photographs, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich, Germany
Fetish, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
Dark Night of the Soul, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Ars Cameralis Culture Institution, Katowice, Poland

2008                        
David Lynch: New Photographs, Epson Kunstbetrieb, Düsseldorf, Germany

2007     
The Air is on Fire, La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
Prints in Paris, Item Gallery, Paris, France
The Air is on Fire: 40 years of Paintings, Photographs, Drawings, Experimental films, and Sound creations, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France
Fetish, Galerie du Passage, Paris, France
Inland Empire, Galerie du Jour agnès b., Paris, France

2004     
Atlas Sztuki, Lodz, Poland

2001       
Centre de Cultura de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France

1997                         
Otsu Parco Gallery, Osaka, Japan
Galerie Piltzer, Paris, France

1996                        
Painting Pavilion, Open Air Museum, Hakone, Japan
Park Tower Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Namba City Hall, Osaka, Japan
Artium, Fukuoka, Japan

1995                         
Kohn/Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1993                         
James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1992                         
Sala Parpallo, Valencia, Spain

1991                         
Touko Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

1990                       
N. No. N. Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1989                         
James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, New York

1987                         
James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1967                         
Vanderlip Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania