David Lynch

American , 1946 -

David Lynch (b.1946) was trained as a painter but is best known for his internationally acclaimed film career. In addition to his remarkable career in film, he is also a writer, photographer, musician, composer, sculptor, cartoonist, and a printmaker. He moved to Los Angeles in 1970 to study filmmaking at the AFI Center for Advanced Film Studies. During his time there, Lynch began working on what would become his first feature, Eraserhead. Lynch has since received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, for his films The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986), and Mulholland Drive (2001) as well as the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Wild At Heart, a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival for and France’s Cesar Award for Best Foreign Film for The Elephant Man and Mulholland Drive. His work as a painter provides a deeper understanding of his vision and also reveals a vital source of inspiration for his instantly recognizable filmmaking aesthetic. A major retrospective of Lynch’s artwork — called The Air Is on Fire was displayed in Paris at the Fondation Cartier in 2007. In 2011, an extensive collection of his drawings, paintings and photographs was featured in the book Dark Splendor. He launched the David Lynch Foundation For Consciousness-Based Education and Peace in 2005. A longtime practitioner of transcendental meditation, Lynch established the group to promote the technique among at-risk populations.
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