John Lynch, came to San Francisco in 1950 in the early ferment of
Coast Abstract Expressionist movement. He brought with him a rigorous
academic training, the experiences of World War II, the influences
of his San Miguel Allende teachers and a desire to challenge the conventions
of painting. He and several of his friends, including James Kelly, had a studio in downtown Philadelphia. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the Barnes Foundaton. He made friends among those now known as the Dilexi artists,
became a central figure in the Marin Society of Artists and left an
amazing artistic legacy.