Rene Lynch in Mysterium Cosmographicum Exhibition
Falling Star exhibited at
Stephen Romano Gallery
111 Front Street
June 5, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Rene Lynch in Mir Mal Mir 'n' Pony Exhibition
Sleeping With Cows series exhibited at
RENE LYNCH Seeing With Our Eyes Closed
December 4, 2013 - January 30, 2014
BOND / NY
25 Hudson Street, Tribeca
NYC, NY 10013
Rene Lynch in Pulse Art Fair
I will have new paintings at the Pulse Art Fair with hous projects gallery, May 9-12, 2013
RENE LYNCH in SILHOUETTE EXHIBITION curated by Bill Carroll, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYC March 1-30, 2013
Oct 18, 2012 RENE LYNCH IN "TAKE HOME A NUDE" AT SOTHEBY"S
New York Academy of Art and Sotheby's present "Take Home A Nude"
A premier art auction for figurative work
Thursday, October 18th
at Sotheby's New York Auction House
1334 York Avenue at 72nd St
160+ artworks thrilling live auction!
ALWAYS a fun, art-filled evening!
RENE LYNCH in GROUNDSWELL SWEET 16 Oct 10 2012
In support of this fabulous charity: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 7-10PM
COCKTAILS + SILENT AUCTION + RAFFLE
PATRON RECEPTION 6-7PM
EARLY SILENT AUCTION BIDDING + BUY-IT-NOW ART PURCHASES
7 WORLD TRADE CENTER, 10TH FLOOR
250 GREENWICH STREET, NYC
OCT 5, 2012 RENE LYNCH BOE SOLO EXHIBIT OPENING PARTY
BOE is an artisanal winery that has lisenced my painting "In the Moist Wood" for their new delicious Cabernet Franc Rosé
Come on out for a few glasses and to see my solo show
in their chic wine tasting room in Williamsburg
opening party: Friday Oct 5, 7-11pm
209 Wythe Avenue, #106
(between N. 3rd St. and N. 4th St.) Brooklyn, 11211
EXHIBITION ON VIEW: Sept 27 - mid November 2012
ART + WINE = FUN! www.brooklynoenology.com
Oct 3 2012 art Obama!
Fundraising art auction of 121 exceptional art works to support the re-election of our President. Rene Lynch is a donating artist, one of the organizers and co-host in her Brooklyn studio. www.artobama.org
BROOKLYN MUSEUM OPEN STUDIO TOUR Sept 8 & 9 2012
Rene Lynch is participating in Go Brooklyn a boro-wide open studio tour sponsored by the Brooklyn Museum of Art www.gobrooklynart.org/studio/ReneLynch
NOW REPRESENTED BY hous projects gallery, NYC
My paintings are on view at hous projects gallery all summer starting June 21, 2012. Please stop by! Soho location. 31 Howard St 2nd fl. Between Broadway and Lafayette just above Canal Near New Museum.
UPCOMING SOLO SHOW... NEW WORKS... SCHEDULED MAY 2. 2013
hous projects gallery
REVIEWED AND PICTURED IN BOSTON GLOBE MARCH 7, 2012
My watercolor "Calling" pictured in the Boston Globe with a review of the show Passions/Stories We Tell Ourselves at Simmons College, where I have several works. "Rene Lynch and Tabitha Vevers depart from familiar stories to explore visions of utopia and dystopia. Lynch’s luscious watercolors from the “Dangerous Utopia’’ series depict celebrations of spring, with people lolling and smiling amid florid blooms."
The fabulous art blog: Phantasmaphile wrote about Rene Lynch Leda's Daughter exhibition!
"I was captivated by her paintings of adolescent girls, sharing secrets and losing their innocence in the woods. Her latest body of work is even more sophisticated and lush than ever, which is a feat to pull off indeed." excerpt of review by Pam Grossman, Phantasmaphile
NOW ON VIEW!! SOLO SHOW FEB 2- Mar 3, 2012
Feb 2 - March 3, 2012
hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK
529 West 20th St. 2W, New York, NY 10011
"... Rene Lynch ... possesses the power to portray women in mythical, fairy tale realms that simultaneously reveal her subject's vulnerabilities and strengths." ... "Sumptuously painted in oils wet-on-wet to keep the colors velvety and artistic juices flowing Lynch's canvases are composed of abstract marks and just enough naturalism to make them totally believable. A master of creative techniques and a colorful interpreter of imaginative scenes, Lynch makes paintings that transcend everyday life, while intuitively constructing characters and symbolic settings that reflect it. "
- Excerpts from Leda's Daughter catalog / brochure essay by Paul Laster
I will have a dozen new watercolors in
Stories We Tell Ourselves
at the Trustman Gallery . Simmons College . Boston . MA
Opens Feb 13- March 22, 2012
catalog accompanies this exhibition
RENE LYNCH INCLUDED IN CHILDISH THINGS EXHIBITION
Rene Lynch will have three paintings in Childish Things, a group exhibition
Oct 12 - Dec 10, 2011
TABLA RASA GALLERY
224 48 Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11220
gallery hours: Noon - 5:00 pm
THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY
RENE LYNCH COVER ART FOR NEW CD BY NORWAY'S HOT PROG / ART ROCK BAND WHITE WILLOW!
Rene Lynch painting "Dusk" is the cover for the new cd "Terminal Twilight" by White Willow from Norway on Termo Records .. now available www.amazon.com/Terminal-Twilight-White-?
COVER ART FOR NEW BOOK OF POEMS!
Rene Lynch painting "A Different Sleep" is the cover for the new fairytale inspired book of poems "She Returns to the Floating World" by Seattle based poet and myth maker extraordinaire Jeanine Hall Gailey, Kitsune Books... now available at Amazon!
She Returns to the Floating World
ATLANTIC AVENUE ART WALK 2011
Rene Lynch presenting over 30 recent works
SOLO IN GERMANY OPENS MAY 12
RENE LYNCH / DANGEROUS UTOPIA
works on paper installation with text
May 12 - June 30, 2011
Telefon: 089 / 307 654 30
RENE LYNCH in GROUNDSWELL 2010 ANNUAL ART AUCTION BENEFIT
Thursday, December 2
7 - 10 PM
AFFIRMATION ARTS LTD.
523 W 37 Street
New York, NY 10018 between 10 & 11 Aves
WINTERSALON EXHIBITION in MUNICH GERMANY
Rene Lynch in TAKE HOME A NUDE
NEW YORK ACADEMY OF ART
19TH ANNUAL TAKE HOME A NUDE ART AUCTION & PARTY
Monday, October 18th, 2010
New York Auction House 1334 York Avenue at 72nd St
6-9PM COCKTAILS & AUCTION 9PM DINNER
Take Home A Nude
is one of New York's liveliest parties, it features nearly 200 works of art
and attracts hundreds of avid collectors, celebrities, and art lovers annually.
To purchase tickets http://www.nyaa.edu/nyaa/events/than_tickets.html
Founded in 1982 by Andy Warhol and other influential artists, collectors and
patrons, The New York Academy of Art trains talented young visual artists in
traditional skills that serve as powerful tools in the creation of vital contemporary art.
It is the first and most significant graduate school in the United States to focus on the human body.
Rene Lynch at NEW YORK STUDIO SCHOOL
OF DRAWING PAINTING AND SCULPTURE
BENEFIT AUCTION & DINNER
TUESDAY OCTOBER 19, 2010
6:00 PM Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction at
NY Studio School at 8 West 8th St.
8:30 PM Dinner at Twenty-Four Fifth at 24 Fifth Avenue and West 9th St.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.nyss.org/support-the-school/benefit
Artwork can be previewed at www.nyss.org/support-the-school/benefit
Rene Lynch prints at Jungle Press
this fall at New York's wonderful print fair
Editions/ Artists' Books Fair '10
November 4 - 7, 2010
OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW PARTY
Thursday November 4th from 6 to 9 PM
enjoy champagne and an extraordinary view of the Hudson River
Tickets are $20.00 and may be purchased at the door.
FREE to the Public: 11 AM - 7 PM Friday & Saturday; 11 AM - 4 PM Sunday.
Former Dia/Former X Initiative
548 West 22nd Street, Between 10th & 11th Avenues
Chelsea Art Walk 2010
Rene Lynch Artist Talk 7-8pm @ Jenkins Johnson NY, 521 West 26th St. 5th Floor, NYC
Chelsea Art Walk 2010 Thursday July 29, 5 - 8 pm 25 participating galleries will be open offering special events.
Local sponsors will offer food and drink specials throughout the evening. And the evening will be capped off with a celebratory wrap-party at BES! 559 West 22nd Street at 11th Avenue (drink specials from 8-10 pm)
Participating galleries include: Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Bravin Lee, Cheim & Read, Mike Weiss Gallery, PPOW, Yossi Milo Gallery, Marlborough Chelsea, ClampArt, Cynthia-Reeves, Hasted Hunt Kraeutler, J. Cacciola Gallery, Robert Mann Gallery, Stux Gallery, Joshua Liner Gallery, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, Rick Wester Fine Art, Andrea Meislin Gallery, Bruce Silverstein, Benrimon Contemporary, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Witzenhausen Gallery, and more!
Map of locations below and visit www.artwalkchelsea.com for more information
NEW WORKS included in SUMMERTIME through September 3, 2010 NY & SF
JENKINS JOHNSON GALLERY New York
521 West 26th St. 5th Floor, NYC
JENKINS JOHNSON GALLERY San Francisco
464 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Check out the excellent literary magazine The Oxford American, issue #66
There is a full page reproduction of the Rene Lynch painting Secret Life of the Forest (Golden Apple) on page 121, 2009
November issue of American Art Collector, feature article on Rene Lynch and her new work Behind the Garden Gate, 2009
REVIEWS / ESSAYS
Rene Lynch and the Wilderness of Childhood by Eleanor Heartney
In an essay published recently in the New York Review of Books, novelist Michael Chabon ruminates on the magical – and increasingly endangered – “Wilderness of Childhood”. By this he means that geographic and psychic zone of freedom where children set off for uncharted territories and learn to test themselves without benefit of adult supervision. Lamenting the near disappearance of that zone under pressure from today’s overprotective parents, he suggests that it is a vital component of imagination, childhood development and art. He notes, “Childhood is, or has been, or ought to be, the great original adventure, a tale of privation, courage, constant vigilance, danger, and sometimes calamity. For the most part the young adventurer sets forth equipped only with the fragmentary map—marked here there be tygers and mean kid with air rifle—that he or she has been able to construct out of a patchwork of personal misfortune, bedtime reading, and the accumulated local lore of the neighborhood children.”
This Wilderness, shorn of familiar guideposts and full of unexpected personages and encounters, is also the subject of Rene Lynch’s lyrical paintings. But while Chabon, drawing on his own childhood, envisions it largely in male terms, Lynch gives us the female version. Her paintings are full of beautifully depicted young women on the cusp of puberty who seem to have slipped free for the moment of the deadening effects of civilization. They wander amid bowers of garlands, or scatterings of branches and leaves. They wear dresses that are vaguely contemporary, but there is little else to indicate the presence of the modern world. Whether traveling alone or in pairs, they frequently find themselves in the company of animals – cats, crows, falcons, even frogs - creatures who, as in mythology, legend and fairy tales, are at once symbols of various emotional states and sentient characters in their own right.
Procession presents two girls, similar enough in appearance to be sisters, emerging from an otherwise undefined space framed by a cascade of flowers. One sits astride a white horse holding a falcon, much in the manner of a medieval huntswoman, and casts an inquiring glance in our direction. The other wears a mask and is preoccupied with the crow in her hand. In Apples, two girls are accompanied by two crows. One stands on a stepladder, and, with echoes of Eve, reaches for an apple on the heavily laden branch above. The other, kneeling on the ground, holds a basket of apples to which she appears about to add another. In Golden Cages, there are three girls, two holding hands as they walk off in the distance. The third occupies the foreground and smiles as she turns her head toward the viewer, as if inviting us to follow. They each carry an empty birdcage from which the white doves fluttering about seem to have escaped.
Lynch creates her characters and her compositions using a variety of source materials, including photographs of young girls clipped from magazines and photographs taken by the artist of children of friends. These become the basis for composite portraits that nevertheless have a startling individuality. They are arranged in deliberately generalized natural settings – often involving a luminous void encircled by leaves, flowers or the branches of trees. They are painted with a careful attention to detail, with a mix of hyperrealism, fantasy and fidelity to natural detail that brings to mind the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites. One is also reminded of the intermingled realms of nature and dream in Victorian fairy paintings, and the sinuous forms of classic children’s book illustrator Arthur Rackham. There is also something of the awkward grace and not yet conscious sexuality in the fine portraits of girls and young women by contemporary photographers like Renika Dykstra and Sally Mann.
The works have a powerful literary component as well. There are echoes of biblical tales – especially the prelapsarian idyll of Eve in the Garden of Eden – in works like Apples. Other works bring to mind the enchanted forests of Brothers Grimm, or medieval legends like the story of the Unicorn who could only be tamed by the purest of maidens, a reference particularly potent in a work like Procession.
There are also more contemporary references. One senses a kinship to all sorts of contemporary epics, ostensibly for children, which involve coming of age stories couched in the language of quest, ordeal and trial. From Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to the narratives of writers like Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and of course, J. K. Rowling, such epics draw on myth and legend to present allegories of the difficult passage from childhood to adulthood. In the process they offer a counter strain to the skeptical and rationalizing tendencies of modernism. Of these contemporary bildungsromans, the closest in feeling to Lynch is Philip Pullman’s Miltonesque trilogy, His Dark Materials. Unlike many of the other stories, Pullman’s primary character is a young girl – Lyra Belacqua - who must pass through many ordeals and many parallel universes before she discovers her own nature and saves the worlds from the oppression of evil. One of Pullman’s most remarkable inventions in this tale is the daemon, a kind of animal familiar who is attached to each individual and is actually an external manifestation of his or her soul. One’s daemon is literally a part of oneself, sharing a kind of communication sometimes experienced by identical twins, and can only be severed at risk of actual or psychic death.
This show includes a set of drawings and lithographs which present solitary young women clasping an animal. The animals, which include crows, frogs, cats and rabbits, nestle in their arms without any sign of conflict or struggle. Their connection is so tender and so essential, it is hard not to think of Pullman’s daemons, though that is not their inspiration. But what both Pullman and Lynch have captured is the kind of Wordsworthian link to nature that often overwhelms young girls at this stage of their life.
The delicacy of these works evokes a moment in the lives of young women when they stand poised between innocence and experience. It is a place which they must enter without adult supervision and which they emerge from better equipped to face the conflicts and challenges of adulthood. In these beautiful paintings and drawings, Lynch captures the strangeness and the beauty of the female experience of the Wilderness of Chlldhood.