Fred Lynch is a professor and chair of the Illustration Department
at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts and a faculty
member of the Rhode Island School of Design (his alma mater), where
he has taught communication drawing for over twenty years. Each July,
Fred teaches Journalistic Drawing in Viterbo, Italy as part of Montserrat's
Summer Studies Program. Fred serves on the Education Committee of
Urban Sketchers and is featured in the book The Art of Urban Sketching.
He lives near Boston, Massachusetts.
In addition to teaching, he is also an award-winning illustrator,
creating works for clients such as Random House, Viking Penguin, IBM,
The Washington Post and Fidelity Investments, He's a still-life painter
too, which have won recognition in exhibitions.
Fred's journalistic artwork currently focuses on two bodies of work.
Paul Revere's Route Revisited
Drawing along the exact route of Paul Revere's famous ride from Boston
and Lexington, Massachusetts (and beyond), Fred Lynch draws landmark
of the past and present, forming a visual essay that explores, documents
and revels history, preservation and change in America.
Siesta Sketches: Drawing From Central Italy
Every July, Fred Lynch travels to the central Italian city of Viterbo
and spends hours sitting in the shade, drawing from observation. Hunched
over his sketchbook, he faces his favorite subjects: sun-splashed
piazzas, odd ancient houses and quiet cobblestone alleys, most of
which he finds within the walls of this small medieval city. When
he's not drawing, Fred's teaching journalistic drawing to college
students as part of a summer studies program. He and his students
are part of a long history of traveling artists who aim to capture,
record and share the character, history and beauty of their foreign
"Drawing on site is an experience as well as
an art. It's extra-sensory. As I sit and draw for hours on the streets
of Italy, I absorb far
more than the passing tourist might. I soak up every inch of the
scene, along with its sounds, smells and local characters. Translating
that rich experience through my drawings is my goal. I hope to share
impressions as well as appearances."
(works from Fred's students)