Artist Bio

 

My drying wall

Linda Lynton—writer turned artist

I was born in London, England, where I was raised and educated. In addition to winning regional art awards such as the Laffan Prize, I had a successful writing career in the USA. I wrote extensively about Asian Art and Textiles, among other subjects (including film production, business).

I drew all the maps and diagrams for my book, The Sari, which is still in print after 20 years.

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Artist at work

I have also had a lifelong interest in botanical and pen & ink drawing, and in the past few years I have been interested in the use of natural dyes as painting media, which include such easy-to-find elements as onion skins, tea/coffee, walnut, indigo, turmeric.

I started painting in oils in 2013, inspired by the Catskill mountains in my back yard and the Woodstock School of Art. I have studied at the Art Students League and NY School of Drawing & Sculpture, in New York City.

Much of my color sense is influenced by India, the Middle East and SE Asia, where I have spent many years in pursuit of Asian art, textiles and culture. My love of nature and all things natural stems from childhood associations with the natural world, which offer the greatest relief to the pressures of modern life.

I am a member of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and the Woodstock Artist Association & Museum. My artwork has appeared in local Woodstock/Kingston-area venues as well as in coastal Connecticut.

In addition to my book, I have written on art-related and Asian cultural subjects for such publications as Arts of Asia, Travel & Leisure, Cigar Aficionado, Ars Textrina (juried academic journal), Art & Antiques, Roll Magazine, among others. I have lectured on Asian textiles at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Fashion Institute of Technology, The Textile Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Art.

Trumpet Vine, ink and natural dyes (turmeric, dragon’s blood). August 2015.