Genevieve Springston Lynch

Born in Forest Grove, Oregon September 20, 1891, Genevieve Lynch attended the Pratt Institute in New York and later, an art school in Chicago. She taught at Punahou School in Honolulu for many years both before and after her marriage to LL Lynch, an executive with Lewers and Cooke. In 1935, when Genevieve Springston Lynch was asked to have a solo Show in Paris, it was assumed she was a man, and thereafter, her professional name and signature was shortened to “Gene Lynch.” In the middle to late 1930’s Lynch sold works through the gallery at Gumps of Honolulu. She developed a boldly decorative style in her interpretations of exotic Hawaiian Plants. Her floral subjects, always popular with the island audience, are large, striking and dramatic. When she and her husband retired, they moved to Palo Alto, California, where she continued to paint until she died in 1960. Close detail of the flowering plant such as White Ginger, here, is emblematic of the style of painting pioneered by Georgia O’Keefe and imported to Hawaii in 1939 during O’Keefe’s assignment to create promotional imagery for the Hawaiian Pineapple Company.

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