Derek lynch (b. 1959) is a photographer, Painter and teacher based in San Francisco. His work explores our evolving isolation from community, culture and the environment. He has been exhibited nationally and internationally and his work is featured in many private and public collections.
We live in a city of ethnic social political economic diversity. The Recent financial crisis and now Silicon Valley Boom has driven economic inequality around the bay area. Parts of the bay area remain untouched while others show signs of gentrification.
My work focuses on dissecting and rearranging forms derived from the architecture of San Francisco to create new perspectives on our environment. The outcome can be whimsical and yet it offers a serious sociopolitical commentary on the changes to our urban landscape. My perception of reality, and how I interpret it, was shaped by the implications of the housing scandals of the last decade. I am attempting to combine these observations to create a compilation of connective awareness.
In 2006, I began working with polymers submersed in ink, pencil markers, acrylic paint, and archival pigment. My use of these materials has become a prominent feature of these works. I was fortunate to attend the School of the Visual Arts in New York City in the early 80’s with artists such as Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.
As a musician my band played at CBGB’s in 1986 & 87 at the Christmas special as the ‘Special Guests’ after the performance in 1987 we performed live on WFMU radio. My film debut was at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, BAM in Berkeley, CA, and The Kitchen in New York City in 2000.