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John Quitman Lynch

John Quitman Lynch was born on October 9, 1931, and raised in Long Beach, California. He demonstrated an early proficiency in drawing and spent years studying art.In the early 1950s, Lynch worked at the Long Beach Public Library and fought a Selective Service draft notice as a conscientious objector. In the 1950s, Lynch and his partner, Harold William Rebarich moved to Greenwich Village, New York, where Lynch pursued his painting and was even offered tutelage by painter Paul Cadmus. By the early 1960s, they were back in Long Beach, where they remained for the next 25-plus years. In 1962, Lynch got a job with the art department at California State University, Long Beach, where he worked for the next thirteen years. In 1963, Rebarich joined the United States Postal Service, where he worked for the next 26 years. In the mid-to-late 1980s, Lynch moved to Portland to care for his elderly aunt. After her death, he inherited the home and lived there the rest of his life. Although Lynch and Rebarich visited one another, Rebarich remained in their Rose Avenue house in Long Beach.Lynch had numerous gallery showings from the 1960s to the 1990s, both in Southern California and in the Portland area. Lynch signed most of his paintings and drawings with the moniker "Quitman." Lynch and Rebarich had a side business selling antiques and collectibles both in Long Beach and in Portland. Rebarich died in November 2006 and Lynch in December 2009.

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