Bill Lynch, Untitled (Branches, White Background), n.d., oil on wood, 48 × 43 1/2".

Bill Lynch

The Approach

Bill Lynch, Untitled (Branches, White Background), n.d., oil on wood, 48 × 43 1/2".

This selection of nine mostly undated paintings plus one large book of paintings on paper was only the second one-person exhibition of Bill Lynch, who died in 2013, at age fifty-three. Chosen from a thirty-year body of work, a larger group of which was on display at White Columns in New York last year, the show testified to the vast talent of the New Mexico–born, New Jersey–raised artist, who suffered from schizophrenia.

Made predominantly on unprimed pieces of found plywood, Lynch’s roughly painted expressionistic pictures feature birds, branches, flowers, and the occasional shed or obelisk. At Cooper Union in New York he met Verne Dawson, who, along with Matthew Higgs, collaborated on the show at White Columns. Despite his education, Lynch’s touch never lost its outsider-ish rawness; along with his paintings’ untreated surfaces and nature imagery, this quality lends his work a

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