We are pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings by Frederick Lynch.
Divided Man is Lynch's second exhibition with Miller Yezerski Gallery. There will be a reception on Friday August 5th, 5 - 8 pm.
Sadly, Frederick Lynch, one of the most respected and admired artists in Maine, passed away on Sunday, July 3, at the age of 80. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Lynch pursued a singular vision that began with the observed world and went deep into the underlying structure of appearances. He will be greatly missed by his many friends, colleagues and former students for the integrity and intensity that he brought to the work of art.
Lynch's oeuvre has been expansive and diverse, including sculpture, painting and an intersection of the two, depicting both abstract and figurative subjects. Divided Man, Lynch's most recent series, looks inward to explore ideas of division and multiplication, a subject Lynch has been investigating for over a decade. Silhouettes stand against a contrasting background, examining concepts of inside and outside, while intricate, colorful patterns within the body divide the human form into ever diminishing bits and pieces. These figures, many of which are autobiographical, reflect the artist's personal condition, both physical and emotional. Their shapes and patterns allude to the cellular and molecular structures that comprise organic matter, presented in saturated compositions reminiscent of stained glass. The resulting work assimilates characteristics of both abstraction and representation; it draws on the visual and aesthetic pleasures derived from color, line, and shape, to engage in introspection and expression. The exhibition features oil, gouache paintings, and Lynch's last works in pen and ink, all use the mathematics of multiplication and division to evoke the human being at a molecular level.
"My work now has renewed my interest in the figure and how it might reflect on my current condition," Lynch wrote of his Divided Man series. "Suffice it to say, that to initially divide a formal visual ground for aesthetic pleasure or purpose and then transform these elements for a more intimate means of expression and introspection, is to generate something of a full artistic circle. The figurative depictions, many of them autobiographical, help satisfy an always present urge to combine my art and my life."
A life in art both well lived and totally resolved.
Lynch exhibited in Maine at Barridoff Galleries, Dean Velentgas Gallery, Icon Contemporary Art, Tom Veilleux Gallery, George Marshall Gallery, Corey Daniels Gallery, Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art, University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine. He showed out of state at McGowan Fine Art in New Hampshire, Connecticut College, and in Massachusetts at Merrimack College, DeCordova Museum, Genovese/Sullivan Gallery and Miller Yezerski Gallery.