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The Foreboding Zen of David Lynch’s Paintings

“What many fans of Lynch’s cinematic oeuvre don’t realize is that he started out as a painter, studying the medium in art school at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. And though the young artist quickly began to experiment with moving images, he never stopped drawing and painting, either; in 2007 his work in visual art was the subject of a major retrospective, “The Air is on Fire,” at Paris’s Fondation Cartier, which included paintings, drawings, sound works, and installations made specially for the show. Cultivating a unique style that is as complex, dark, psychologically-attuned, and oddly funny as his filmic work, Lynch has quietly produced a whole body of graphic work in drawing, painting, and printmaking that extends and widens his surrealistic sensibility. Here are a few ways of looking at his art.”

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