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David Lynch’s art show: gritty, witty and definitely twisted

September 16, 2009

The filmmaker’s show at Griffin in Santa Monica offers 13 new works.

<b>ARTIST AND ARTWORK: </b>David Lynch, with one of his new paintings on view at Griffin Gallery in Santa Monica.

ARTIST AND ARTWORK: David Lynch, with one of his new paintings on view at Griffin Gallery in Santa Monica. (Spencer Weiner, Los Angeles Times / September 14)

By Suzanne Muchnic

September 16, 2009

David Lynch is having an art show. Yes, that David Lynch. 

It isn’t the first for the creative force whose obsessively weird sensibility has brought us films such as “Eraserhead,” “Blue Velvet” and “Inland Empire” and the TV series “Twin Peaks.” An artist since his high school days, Lynch has chalked up 32 solo shows including three appearances in the late 1980s and early ’90s at the James Corcoran Gallery in Santa Monica and a 40-year retrospective of paintings, drawings, photographs and installations in 2007 at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. He also showed 53 photographic images in a high-profile collaboration with Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse this summer at Michael Kohn Gallery in L.A.

But the event that opened over the weekend at Griffin in Santa Monica, in collaboration with Corcoran, is the first in a long time to present a substantial body of new paintings. Thirteen mixed-media works, measuring up to 6 feet high and 10 feet wide, are gritty, witty and every bit as twisted as you might expect. 

Read more at Los Angeles Times: David Lynch is at it again with a show of new paintings

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