Mike Lynch, “Rooms & Apts.,” 1979, lithograph, 9 x 12 inches

Groveland Gallery is honored to present a retrospective exhibition of work by one of Minnesota’s best known artists, Mike Lynch. The exhibition will feature a wide range of work spanning his 60-year career.

Woodcut prints and drawings from the 1960s; lithographs from the ’70s and ’80s; ink drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings from 1955 to the present will be included an exhibit surrounding the career of Mike Lynch at Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.

Mike Lynch, “Camels,” 2017, oil on panel, 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

“A true son of Minnesota, Mike Lynch was born in 1938 in Hibbing where his father was a mine watchman,” the gallery reports. “He studied art at the Town Hall Art Colony in Grand Marais and then attended the Minneapolis School of Art (now MCAD). In 1960, Lynch launched his career with a solo exhibition at the Kilbride-Bradley Gallery. Throughout the fifty-plus years since, Mike has received numerous grants and fellowships including the Bush Fellowship, Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships, and the prestigious McKnight Foundation Distinguished Artist Award in 2003. He has exhibited at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Duluth Art Institute, Walker Art Center, and numerous galleries. Lynch has exhibited his work at Groveland Gallery since 1979. His work can be found in museum, corporate, and private collections throughout the Midwest, including the Minnesota Historical Society, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, University of Minnesota, General Mills, the Minnesota Department of Revenue, Cargill, Minneapolis Federal Reserve, and many more, too numerous to list.

Mike Lynch, “Night Watchman,” 1987, lithograph, 8 x 10 inches

“A quiet and unassuming manner has served Mike Lynch well. He has developed the ability to observe and synthesize the essence of a place without inserting himself into it. Lynch is well known for his contemporary realist portraits of the Midwestern landscapes. He paints the small town corner bar, abandoned grain elevators, illuminated factories, and the twilight railyards found across our state from the Iron Range, to Duluth, to Minneapolis and the towns in between that dot the prairie. His subjects are represented in the quiet times of day — dusk, dawn, midnight and twilight. Lynch paints in the tradition of the American Scene Painters of the early 1900’s; he works on location and returns to paint day after day at the same time of day. Also included in the exhibition will be several of Lynch’s still life paintings. Humble subjects painted in half-light with a limited palette, these works evoke the same simplicity as his landscape paintings.”

Lynch will be present at the opening reception Saturday, January 20 from 2-5 p.m. The show continues through March 3, 2018. To learn more, visit Groveland Gallery.

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Andrew Webster is the Editor of Fine Art Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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