Yellow Ginger, circa 1940’s
Genevieve (Gene) Springston Lynch, (1891 – 1960)
Oil on Board
20″ x 16″

Her painting such as this are quite emblematic of the style of paintings 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.

Genevieve Springston Lynch (1891–1960), also known as Gene Lynch, was an American painter and art teacher who taught and worked in Hawaii.

Genevieve Springston was born in Forest Grove, Oregon on September 20, 1891. She studied art at the Pratt Institute in New York and at an art school in Chicago. She taught art at Punahou School, a private school in Honolulu, both before and following her marriage to L. L. Lynch, an executive with Lewers & Cooke, Ltd.[1][2]

Lynch was invited to have a solo show in Paris in 1935. Because of prejudice against female artists, she shortened her professional name and signature to “Gene Lynch”.[2][3] She exhibited in the 1939Society of Independent Artists show.[4] When Genevieve and her husband retired, they moved to Palo Alto, California, where she continued to paint until her death in 1960.[1][2]

She is considered to be one of the notable artists of Hawaii that created “distinctly Hawaiian” art, while also using western approaches or materials.[5] Genevieve Springston Lynch is best known for her stylized paintings of exotic plants, such as Cup-and-Saucer Flowers.[1] The Honolulu Museum of Art is among the public collections holding works of Genevieve Springston Lynch.[6]


  1. Forbes, David W., Encounters with Paradise: Views of Hawaii and its People, 1778-1941, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1992, p. 253
  2. Peter Hastings Falk. (1999). Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975 p. 2089.
  4. Clark S. Marlor. The Society of Independent Artists: the exhibition record 1917-1944. Noyes Press; 1984. ISBN 978-0-8155-5063-1. p. 371.
  5. MobileReference (1 January 2007). Travel Hawaii: Illustrated City Guide, Phrasebook, and Maps. MobileReference. p. 48. ISBN 978-1-60501-043-4.
  6. Genevieve Springston Lynch. AskArt.