PROJECT ROOM: Kathryn Lynch, City Grit


PRESS RELEASE: PROJECT ROOM: Kathryn Lynch, City Grit, May 12 - Jun  3, 2022

PROJECT ROOM: Kathryn Lynch, City Grit
May 12 – Jun 3, 2022

New York, NY – Sears-Peyton Gallery is pleased to present City Grit, an exhibition of paintings by Kathryn Lynch in the Project Room. This exhibition contains three new paintings on paper and two on canvas.
Lynch is a painter not only of what she is experiencing, but what she knows. Even after moving upstate in 2021, she is still emphatically a city painter. City Grit features the cityscapes ingrained within her, textured night scenes unafraid of darkness and grit, contrasted with ethereal light. This show features new paintings on paper observed through the same vantage point, including multiple snapshots of a highly layered and vibrant environment. With a unique clarity to each work, Lynch paints trains and buses on crisscrossing bridges, tugboats, construction workers, taxis, and city lights in the distance.
In “round midnight'', the viewer confronts a single window, lit up in the darkest part of the night. Lynch illuminates the tree-lined street with streetlamps and taillights, giving the viewer the slightest indication of where she is. The painting's rich blackness leaves one engulfed in darkness, yet keenly aware of the everpresent life of the dense urban landscape. In the darkness of the night, we aren’t alone.
“When you walk down the same street everyday you walk with a mixture of remembering and forgetting, noticing and knowing.”
– Kathryn Lynch
Kathryn Lynch: City Grit is on view May 12 – June 3, 2022 at Sears-Peyton Gallery’s Project Room in their Chelsea location at 210 Eleventh Avenue. There is an evening reception May 12th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Exhibitions are open to the public Tuesday-Saturdays from 12:00 - 5:00pm. For more information or to request further press images, please contact the gallery at
Kathryn Lynch (b. Philadelphia, PA) received her undergraduate degree from William Smith College in Geneva, NY, and an MFA at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. This is her eleventh solo exhibition at Sears-Peyton Gallery. She has exhibited across the US and abroad in well over thirty group shows. She was a 2018 NYFSCA/NYFA artist Fellow in Painting. She has been invited to residencies at Skowhegan, Yaddo, Moulin a Nef Studio Center in Auvillar, France, Fundación Villapairiso in Spain, Edgewood Farm, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, The Millay Colony, and the Vermont Center. She has works featured in both corporate and public collections including Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and the Millennium Art Collection in the Ritz Carlton, Battery Park in NYC.