Kathryn Lynch

Pure and Simple: Shelter Island Artist Kathryn Lynch

July 13, 2018 - Samantha McConnel

Artist Kathryn Lynch does not take it as an insult if you call her work “primitive.” Far from it. Though she prefers to call herself a “simplist” – more specifically a “representational simplist,” she is quick to point out that it is “very hard to be simple.”

Her paintings, she says, look so easy they inspire others to pick up a brush. Then they discover: “‘Damn, that’s hard.’ They don’t understand why it doesn’t work.”

Unlike true primitivists, Lynch underwent formal training, receiving her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. “I can very quickly get the gist of something, which does take skill.”

Whether working out of her Brooklyn or Shelter Island studios, the artist spends a couple of hours a day walking. It is on these forays that she finds her subjects. She does not necessarily seek out her material, rather she allows things “to stick out and grab me.” But there are certain subjects that seem to pop up regularly: landscapes and seascapes, of course. But also flowers and cityscapes and such New York icons as tug boats. She completed a series of dog images after her children begged her successfully for a puppy. Studies in illumination are also rampant. “I often paint night,” she says, remarking on how the light diffuses. “East Coast light especially always has a softness to it where things kind of melt into each other.”

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Time and Place: Kathryn Lynch's interview with Artsy

March 1, 2016 - Amy Rahn

Over her more than 25 years painting and exhibiting her work in New York and elsewhere, Kathryn Lynch has established herself as a painter whose works harness the lush materiality of paint to gesture towards subjects seemingly beyond the frame—relationships, change, the passing of time. On the occasion of Kathryn Lynch’s two-part exhibition, A View of One’s Own at Sears-Peyton Gallery, I sat down with the painter to talk about her life, paintings, and the curiously dictatorial tendencies of her shapes.

Kathryn Lynch, An Artist at the Mercy of Her Subjects - The East Hampton Star

June 1, 2015 - Mark Segal

It’s a good thing Kathryn Lynch is a committed walker, since she doesn’t like to drive, and the subway stop nearest her Red Hook studio is more than a mile away. But there is a more important reason for her perambulations. “I make sure that every day I have to walk everywhere,” she said recently at her studio, a relatively small but high-ceilinged space in an industrial building. “As I’m walking, it tells me what I’m painting next. I never look for it. But once it grabs you, you have to paint it. For me, the motion of walking leads to ideas.”


KATHRYN LYNCH Sears-Peyton, ARTnews

January 28, 2014 - by Stephanie Strasnick

Kathryn Lynch reviewed in ARTnews

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Paint and Die Happy: An Interview with KATHRYN LYNCH in Guernica Magazine

December 16, 2013 - with Haniya Rae

The American painter on the terror of a blank canvas, finding inspiration in the streets of New York, and how motherhood has impacted her art.

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KATHRYN LYNCH, A Silent Language

November 21, 2013 - Essay by Jonathan Lee

Essay by Jonathan Lee to coincide with Kathryn Lynch's exhibition, A Silent Language.

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May 23, 2012 - by Julie L. Belcove

Kathryn Lynch featured on 1stdibs.com Introspective Magazine

KATHRYN LYNCH Sears-Peyton, New York Magazine

January 25, 2012 - by Wendy Goodman

Kathryn Lynch featured in New York Magazine, "First Look: The Artist Who Haunts a Tribeca Warehouse"

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KATHRYN LYNCH Sears-Peyton, Elle Decor Magazine

August 1, 2009 - by Maura Egan

Kathryn Lynch featured in Elle Decor Magazine, Art Show

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KATHRYN LYNCH Sears-Peyton, The New York Times

May 29, 2008 - by Penelope Green

Kathryn Lynch featured in The New York Times, Home & Garden

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