David Lynch to exhibit latest paintings, sculptures in gallery show


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It seems inadequate, if not downright inaccurate, to call David Lynch a filmmaker anymore. The director has not only abandoned film in favor of digital moviemaking, he also has been devoting an increasing amount of time to projects including visual art and online initiatives.

The director of ‘Blue Velvet’ and ‘Mulholland Dr.’ will unveil his latest artwork in a new exhibition at the William Griffin Gallery in Santa Monica scheduled to run from March 19 to May 28. The show will feature around 20 new works in the fields of sculpture, painting and mixed media.


This will be Lynch’s second exhibition with the gallery. His first show there was in 2009, featuring a series of large-scale mixed-media works. Both shows are organized in conjunction with Lynch’s longtime gallery, the James Corcoran Gallery.

In an interview with the Times in 2009, Lynch said, ‘When you are working on a film, you focus on that, and there’s very little time to do anything else, but in between I always paint.’

Lynch’s artwork has been shown at exhibitions around the world. William Griffin Gallery said Lynch’s work will be the subject of a 2014 retrospective show at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where Lynch studied during his youth.

His most recent feature movie was ‘Inland Empire,’ starring Laura Dern, in 2006.


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Images: (top) ‘Boy Lights Fire’ (2010) and (bottom) an installation view of sculptures , both by Lynch. Credit: Robert Wedemeyer