David John Flynn

David John Flynn

My painting concurrently expresses contradicting themes in art. The aim is not to nullify these themes, not to mesh them together but to have them challenge each other.

I compel the accidental and the restrained to occur in a painting. Marks on the canvas are traces, vestiges of the act of painting, and suggest spontaneous gestures that describe the image.

In my work a library of stencils (made of marks drawn from incidents, recollections and painting) assist in constructing a visual language. Paintings are created by using, reusing and distorting these elements. This advances the visual comprehension that these paintings are not merely vestiges of a spontaneous or reasoned painting process, but the conclusive application of combining intuition with the rational, an intuitive painting  constructed out of a formal process.

The foundation of my work is the interest in these shifts of comprehension and deciphering the many facets of reality in painting.

David John Flynn



David John Flynn

Born in Manchester, Connecticut US on the 29th of February 1952

Bachelor of Fine Arts Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Studio assistant for Gerald Donato, Lithography


Summer Academy Edinburgh Arts ‘73, Richard DeMarco Gallery, Edinburgh GB, with Josef Beuys


Summer Academy Edinburgh Arts ‘72, Richard DeMarco Gallery, Edinburgh GB, with Magdalena Abakanowicz

 Selected Solo Exhibitions
2022Towpath, Galerie Fenna Wehlau, München
 David John Flynn, Kunstraum Villa Friede, Bonn, Germany
2019a sense of light, Galerie Fenna Wehlau, München (mit Bettina Bürkle)
2017stations, Galerie Fenna Wehlau, München
2015painting, Max-Planck-Institute für Biochemie, München
2013tribute, Galerie Schütte, Essen
2011David John Flynn, new work, H&Z, München
2010andenken, Theologisches Studienseminar der velkd, Pullach
2009recognitions, Galerie Harthan, Stuttgart
 9. Austellungsprojekt, projektraum-bahnhof25, Kleve
2008schichten, Stadtmuseum Penzberg, Penzberg
2007Keepsakes, Galerie Knyrim, Regensburg
 inflections, Kunstverein Landshut e.V., Landshut
2006keepsake, Galerie Harthan, Stuttgart (Cat.)
2005David John Flynn, Torre Villa, centre cultural Salou ES (Cat.)
 David John Flynn, Galerie Piñyol, Reus ES
2003buoyage, Galerie von Tempelhoff, Karlsruhe
2002A Painters Missal, Galerie Harthan, Stuttgart
 Standards of Memory, Warsaw Project Space, Cincinnati US
 Notes on the Paintings, Cloister Aldersbach, Aldersbach in association with the Europäischen Wochen Passau
2001Patterns of Choice, Galerie Schweden, München
2000New Paintings, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee US
1999New Paintings, Galerie Harthan, Stuttgart (Cat.)
 marina del rey, Galerie Schweden, München
1997William Turner Gallery, Los Angeles US
 Paintings, Galerie Oliver Schweden, München
1996Paintings, Galerie Harthan, Stuttgart
1994Paintings, Galerie Schweden, München (Cat.)
1992Ginko Biloba, Galerie X, München
1991 Galerie Harthan, Stuttgart
1988Galerie Albrecht, München
 Letters Home, Kellergalerie im Schaezler Palais, Augsburg (cat.)
1987Galerie X, München
1979Works on Paper, Modlin Fine Arts Center, University of Richmond
 Selected Group Exhibitions
2024Light up, Galerie Fenna Wehlau München
2023im Grunde nichts, Kulturwerkstatt Haus 10, Fürstenfeldbruck
 Supé I Flynn, Museum Penzberg
 im Grunde nichts,  Essenheimer Kunstverein - Kunst Rheinhessen e.V., Essenheim
2022untitled, Epiphaniaskirche, Frankfurt am Main
 Im Grunde nichts..., Galerie im Stammelbach-Speicher, Hildesheim
2017Hydrophil, Galerie Schmidt und Schütte, Köln
 Shortcut to Kettwig, Galerie Schmidt und Schütte zu Gast im Kunstraum der Scheidt’schen Hallen, Essen, Germany
2016VOL1, Galerie Schmidt und Schütte, Köln
2015monochromosen, curated by electric art cube, Halle 50, München
201433 nach 9, with Andreas Stetka and Monika Reinhart, UBO9, München
2013Probability Flux, with Michael Lukas, Gabriela Obermaier and Kathrin Pfaff-Lukas, Produzentengalerie Landshut, Landshut
2008Together, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Art, Amman JO (Cat.)
2007one artist, one piece, Galerie Knyrim, Regensburg
20061000 KunstWerke, Galerie Knyrim, Regensburg
2004Destination Germany, with Liz Bachhuber, Jon Groom, and Sean Scully, Kunst Galerie Fürth, Fürth (Cat.)
2003glücks griffe, Galerie Harthan, Stuttgart
2002Galerie Hanstein, Saarbrücken
2001gegen[d], Amerikahaus, München
20003+5, Alram 20, München
1999Überraschung, Galerie Schweden, München
1998One piece only, Galerie Harthan, Stuttgart
1996Made in Germany, Synchronicity Space, New York, US
1995Black and White, Pope Gallery, Santa Cruz, US
1994Kunst, Design und Barbie, Werkbund Archive, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
1986Internationale Kunst aus Münchner Ateliers, Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringerstraße, München (Cat.)
1978Small Works, 1708, Richmond US



Bayerisches Staatsgemäldesammlung, München

Städt. Kunstsammlungen Schaezlerpalais, Augsburg

Städt. Galerie Filderhalle, Leinfelden-Echterdingen
Regierungspräsidium Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
Regierungspräsidium Baden-Württemberg, Karlsruhe
European Patent Office, den Haag NL
Evangelische Kirche Baden-Württemberg
Bayerische Landesbank, München
HypoVereinsbank, Münster
LandesBauSparkasse, München
Stadtsparkasse Fürstenfeldbruck, Fürstenfeldbruck
ADIG, München
Deutsche Kontor Privatbank, Grunwald
Verlag Unterwegs, Singen
Rodenstock, München
H&Z, München
Galerie Schmidt und Schütte, Köln
Harthan Kunstvermittlung, Stuttgart
Galeria Pinyol, Reus
William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, California



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