How I’m Living Now: David Lynch, Director
The Hollywood Reporter
April 20, 2020
If the empty streets of America have taken on a distinctly Lynchian feel during lockdown, David Lynch himself hasn’t noticed. The writer-director of such eerie art house classics as Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive and whose Twin Peaks: The Return on Showtime earned nine Emmy nominations in 2018 has been holed up inside his Hollywood studio during the COVID-19 crisis, busying himself with painting, music and film projects. He credits his positive state of mind to his longtime Transcendental Meditation practice; his David Lynch Foundation is now bringing TM to stressed health care workers with an initiative called Heal the Healers Now.
David Lynch with Phong Bui
The Brooklyn Rail
Those who have followed David Lynch’s remarkable career as a filmmaker are likely aware of his equally remarkable career as an artist. From the very start, the creative impulse was sparked by his painting, then gradually through the unique pace of Lynch’s alchemical growth, he has henceforth been able to harvest other related mediums to expand his visual lexicon, from photography, sculpture, lamps, furniture, and music to the monumental undertaking of creating the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness–Based Education and World Peace (facilitating access to Transcendental Meditation as a stress-reducing method for “at-risk” populations including the homeless, US military veterans, African war refugees, and prison inmates).
From $1250,000 Robo-Snails to David Lynch’s Nightmare, Here Are 6 of the Best Artworks at Art Basel Miami Beach 2019
December 5, 2019
Artnet News editor-in-chief Andrew Goldstein roamed the fair's miles of aisles to single out some of the most gripping art on view.
The Expanded Consciousness of David Lynch’s Squeaky Flies in the Mud
November 8, 2019
David Lynch loves the word ointment. It’s a term that makes many cringe, appearing on word-aversion lists and inviting exaggerated pronunciation to indicate just how off-putting the word feels on the tongue. But Lynch, the artist and master director behind such macabre, Surrealist films as Mulholland Drive, The Elephant Man, and Blue Velvet—not to mention the cult favorite television series Twin Peaks—has made a career out of leaning into the world’s discomfort, or at least of exposing it.
David Lynch Doesn’t Believe in Suffering for Art
October 24, 2019
To raise money for his 1977 feature film, Eraserhead, David Lynch once had a job delivering The Wall Street Journal in Los Angeles. “I had a night route—picked up my papers at 11:30 p.m., and I had it down to one hour flat. I made $50 dollars a week,” he recalls over the phone. For Lynch, the director behind films such as Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive and the television series Twin Peaks, it was one of the more unusual posts he held over the course of his six-decade career as an artist and filmmaker.
David Lynch Holds 'My Head is Disconnected' Retrospective in Manchester
July 2, 2019
Filmmaker, painter, musician, actor, and photographer David Lynch will be showcasing a two-month-long exhibition titled “My Head is Disconnected” at HOME in Manchester, UK, for the Manchester International Festival.
The exhibition will also see Lynch-signed limited-edition prints called Four (4) Heads Came Out on Wednesday be available for purchase. The print is described in an official statement as, “figurative apparition with multiple floating, circling heads, wailing upon a lonely hillside, a house of home in the rear-ground, earth and sky mingling in a brewing storm of Lynchian menace.”
The mysterious world of David Lynch’s photographs of old factories
May 9, 2019
David Lynch has made no secret of his infatuation with the industrial revolution throughout his career, a theme that has followed him around in multiple different artistic creations.
“Well…if you said to me, ‘Okay, we’re either going down to Disneyland or we’re going to see this abandoned factory,’ there would be no choice,” Lynch once in an interview. “I’d be down there at the factory. I don’t really know why. It just seems like such a great place to set a story.”
David Lynch at Home – Full Film and Music Programme Announced
May 9, 2019
Legendary filmmaker David Lynch will present a special season of screenings, live concerts and talks, alongside his first major UK exhibition of visual art, My Head is Disconnected, as part of Manchester International Festival and the summer-long takeover: David Lynch at HOME.
An extensive film programme – It’s a Great Big Wonderful World – spans the many high points of Lynch’s unique oeuvre (6 July – 25 August), from his earliest forays into short filmmaking to the seminal TV series Twin Peaks. In September, a programme of films chosen by Lynch, David Lynch’s True Favourites (13 – 29 September) will include screenings of cult films such as Fellini’s 8½, Fleming’s The Wizard of Oz, and Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard.
David Lynch's Art Peers Behind the Facade
The New York Times
March 14, 2019
Exploring the Bonnefanten Museum’s David Lynch retrospective here, “Someone Is in My House,” one starts to conjure an image of Mr. Lynch’s hands: They must never stop moving.
More than 500 of Mr. Lynch’s artworks are on display in the sprawling exhibition, which runs until April 28 and coincides with the Tefaf Maastricht art fair. A smaller version of the show will travel to HOME, a cultural center in Manchester, England, where it opens July 6.
A Major David Lynch Exhibition is Coming to the UK
March 11, 2019
This summer, Manchester will play host to a major exhibition of visual art by the great filmmaker David Lynch. For while he’s known for his directorial work – Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, Dune, Blue Velvet, et cetera – he originally trained as a painter, studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
David Lynch at the Bonnefantenmuseum
December 13, 2018
Fans of David Lynch’s enigmatic and surreal visual style, a hallmark of cult-classic movies Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Muhholand Drive, and the famed TV show Twin Peaks, can see the same mysterious and unified vision in the lesser-known artworks of the American filmmaker. They’ll be on display in the Bonnefantenmuseum’s retrospective devoted to Lynch – a showcase of 400 works that date from the 1960s to present day.
Largest David Lynch retrospective to date on show in Maastricht
November 30, 2018
The director's little-known work as an artist focuses on similarly eerie themes as his films do. The Dutch retrospective of Lynch's art, "Someone is in my house," takes visitors to the dark side of the American Dream.
Lynch in Traffic
November 1, 2018
When film grinds to a halt, you have photography—but painting comes just as close to the prosody of all those stalled sports cars, hermetic and inert—the way David Lynch might paint them as black cartoons.
Review: David Lynch's paintings reveal insecurities of adolescence and maligned misfits
Los Angeles Times
October 26, 2018
David Lynch’s 11 works at Kayne Griffin Corcoran give intimate form to the insecurities of adolescence, especially as they echo in the memories of adults who may not have outgrown them.
Critics' Picks: David Lynch
October 18, 2018
Lynch pares down the outlandish sensationalism of his best-known work in film and television, presenting lone characters and strange creatures in monochromatic landscapes. Still, the scenes are unmistakably Lynchian, tinged with a surrealist, macabre, and often hallucinatory tone.
David Lynch, the director as painter, festival impresario and ant collaborator
September 28, 2018
Many of his newest paintings, collected in the exhibition “I Was a Teenage Insect,” are now at Kayne Griffin Corcoran through Nov. 3. (A series of his lithographs, “David Lynch: Dreams — A Tribute to Fellini,” are at the Fellini Foundation at the Maison du Diable in Sion, Switzerland, through Dec. 16.) The “Teenage Insect” pieces are large mixed-media works of what he calls “childlike distortion,” filled with mystery, terror and bliss, and occasional words scrawled across the canvas.
David Lynch: Dark Enlightenment
David Lynch, a painting student in 1967 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, was working on an all-black painting of a night garden when he sensed that a wind, mysteriously generated from within the canvas, stirred the leaves he had just rendered. The direction this apprehension would suggest to him is now history: David Lynch the painter became David Lynch the filmmaker.
‘I Like Dogs with a Human Head’: David Lynch Shows New Paintings in Los Angeles
September 7, 2018
Lynch had been making paintings, many of them depicting his nightmarish version of American suburbia, for two decades, though he was known then entirely for his films, among them the 1977 cult favorite Eraserheadand the 1986 absurdist murder mystery Blue Velvet. When Castelli gave Lynch a solo show at his SoHo gallery in 1989, the rest of the New York art world took its first look at the by-then-notable filmmaker’s paintings—though with reactions that split. One critic writing for Artforum called the show “eye-opening,” while Roberta Smith, in the New York Times, called the paintings “familiar, unoriginal, and slick.”
Room to Dream review – a remarkable insight into David Lynch
July 21, 2018
Kristine McKenna admits at the outset of Room to Dream that she and David Lynch have come up with an approach to life writing “that some might find strange”. This hybrid form combines memoir and biography: each of McKenna’s chapters is followed by one by Lynch on the same years, “having a conversation with his own biography”. Clearly this highlights the subjectivity of experience and the inadequacy of life writing, but it could also compromise a biographer’s freedom to speak frankly about her subject. Nevertheless, Room to Dream is a memorable portrait of one of cinema’s great auteurs.
David Lynch: ‘I Was a Teenage Insect'
David Lynch is an artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, USA. This autumn, he will present an exhibition of new works at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles. Last year, his television show Twin Peaks: The Return aired on Showtime in the US.
David Lynch: ‘All I wanted to be was a painter’
June 22, 2018
Stijn Huijts, director of the Bonnefanten, believes that Lynch’s point of view is remarkably consistent across media. “It is always about the idea that there are more realities and dimensions of existence than just one,” Huijts says. “Both in the films and in the other visual art of Lynch, the subconscious is an important well that feeds the creative process. The sphere of darkness and dread that is evoked by the films reoccurs in the art works.”
David Lynch Curates an Art and Music Festival in Brooklyn
May 16, 2018
What kind of art and music festival has a dedicated space for transcendental meditation? One curated by artist and filmmaker David Lynch, of course. This weekend, the Festival of Disruption arrives in Brooklyn (after a 2016 outing in Los Angeles), with a fulsome lineup of exhibitions, screenings, talks, musical performances, and, from 10am to 8pm on both days of the festival, a comfortable lounge for transcending. Appropriately, proceeds from the entire affair will benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which advocates for the therapeutic and restorative power of transcendental meditation.