About the Artist
Michael Lynch was born in Denver, Colorado in 1950. He showed an interest in the arts at an early age and, through a move to Chicago in the mid 1960′s, was able to experience the great variety of work at the Chicago Art Institute. He was particularly taken by the work of the American impressionists and began a serious study of traditional painting.
After receiving his college degree in 1972, Lynch moved to Washington, D.C. where he lived for three years, traveled extensively both throughout the U.S. and abroad, and spent countless days in museums, galleries, and artist’s studios. Returning to Colorado in 1976, Lynch became aquainted with a group of serious painters and sculptors who were living in the area at that time , built his first studio, and launched his full time painting career.
Lynch paints nearly all of his smaller pieces from life and prefers to use these as reference [rather than photographs] for his large studio paintings. He has taught countless outdoor painting classes in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and California and has lectured extensively on the practice of Plein Air painting.
Lynch’s subject matter includes portraits, figures, still life, and cityscape as well as landscape and marine. He has painted throughout the southwest, west coast, Nantucket, and Mexico. He has also worked in Italy and the Netherlands , and has spent a great deal of time in the British Isles where he was made a member of the Chelsea Arts Club in London in 1982.
His work can be found in many private and corporate collections throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. A number of his pieces were also acquired by the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands for his residence in the Hague.
Lynch has designed and built a number of art studios and has been a design consultant on several architectural and remodel projects. He has also designed and handcrafted fine quality picture frames in 22k gold and in hardwood and veneer .
Lynch’s paintings are available through a limited number of fine galleries.
Artists Of America, Denver, Colorado, [A.O.A. Master] 1986 Thru 2000
National Academy Of Western Art, Oklahoma City, 1986 Thru 1994 [Member 1988]
National Western Coors Invitational, Denver, Co., 1995 Thru 2007
2008 Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M.,” Defining The West”
Gallery 1261, Denver, Co., ” Live Winter”
Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, Ca., ” Great American Landscape”
2007 Traveling Museum Exhibit, ” Masterpieces Of Colorado, A Rich Legacy Of Landscape Painting “, Thru May Of 2008
Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M., “Solstice”
Gallery 1261, Denver, Co., ” Michael Lynch-Plein Air Paintings”
2006 Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M., ” Canyons And Rivers”
2004 Salon D’ Arts Invitational, Denver, Co.
2003 Salon D’ Arts Invitational, Denver, Co.
2002 Salon D’ Arts Invitational, Denver, Co.
2001 Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M., ” Natural Selections ”
2000 Keating Fine Art, Basalt, Co. ” Michael J. Lynch”
1997 2440 Studio, Littleton, Co., Opening Of New M.J. Lynch Studio
1996 Merrill Johnson, Denver, Co., “Pages From An Artists Journal”
1994 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, Ca., One Man Show
1992 Nedra Matteucci’s Fenn Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M., Two Man Show
1991 William Matthews Gallery, Denver, Co., ” A Painter’s Diary’
1990 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, Ca., One Man Show O’brien’s, Scottsdale, Az., One Man Show
1988 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, Ca., One Man Show
1987 Rockwell Museum, Corning, N.Y., ” Boundless Realism”
1986 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, Ca., One Man Show
1985 James Fisher Gallery, Denver, Co., ” The Still Life Tradition”
1984 James Fisher Gallery, Denver, Co., New Work
1983 Cynthia Madden, Denver, Co. , “Realist Tradition”
1982 Phipps, Denver, Co., Two Man Show With Michael B. Karas
1981 James Fisher Gallery, Denver, Co., New Work
1980 Grant Humphries, Denver, Co., One Man Exhibit Of Cityscapes
1998 Southwest Art, April Issue
1991 Santa Fean, September Issue [Cover]
1989 American Artist, February[Cover]
1989 Art Of The West, May/ June Issue
1987 Midwest Art, July/ August Issue
1986 Southwest Art, January Issue