After taking a cross country trip, Derek Lynch moved from NYC to San Francisco in 1996. He was immediately inspired and deeply drawn to the geography of the Bay Area. In the late 90s he began experimenting by incorporating plant matter into his work. He developed a unique process combining foliage, many layers of acrylic medium, with drawing and surface scratching. The subject matter and technique were the basis of his work for well over a decade.
Witnessing the housing-mortgage crisis of 2008 and the advent of digital photography, his vision and sociopolitical outlook influenced a new body of work. The subject matter shifted towards urban-based idealize landscapes. He began merging the use of digital photography, painting, screenprinting and the use of architectural forms, focusing primarily on different San Francisco neighborhoods.
In the spring of 2017, after having a highly successful solo exhibition of his urban based landscapes, Derek was invited to show his previous botanical work in a second solo exhibit aptly entitled, Botanicals Rediscovered. The response was favorable and his inspiration for the subject and its process were reignited.
The current series of large scale botanical works, on canvas, are reflections of foliage from select parks around San Francisco.
Derek James Lynch was born in Englewood, NJ and currently lives and works in San Francisco. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in the early 80's. He was mentored by artists Frank Owen, John Seery, Francesco Clemente, and Sandro Chia. His work has been featured throughout the Bay Area in prestigious solo and group exhibitions. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards.