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Formal Mimicry: Artworks by Linda Henningson


A painting of a bulbous, abstract form on a red backgroundMagnify Series #4, acrylic on canvas

Mixed media artist Linda Henningson creates abstracted artworks that express a sense of formal mimicry, often appearing deceptively close to floral and landscape forms. Linda has also recently been creating text-based works, in which hand-painted words and phrases appear on top of psychedelic backgrounds.

 

A mixed media artwork with a seascape washed with thin white paint6

I’m really enjoying Linda’s recent mixed media artworks – these are some of the most realistically rendered, and yet bizarrely dream-like landscapes that I’ve seen. In the series, Linda has painted a variety of subdued natural landscapes with deep greens and earthy tones for trees, grass and water. Each painting is then washed with a ghostly layer of white, creating a strangely veiled appearance as if the image is being viewed through a sheet of mesh of tulle fabric.  

 

A screen capture of Linda Henningson's art websiteMixed media artworks in Linda's online portfolio

 

Linda’s Hand-Painted Signs series is a little more upbeat, using saturated colours and, frequently, glitter. The text featured on these signs is vaguely nonsensical, removed from its context, and yet still has a celebratory tone, like in Eat Pie and be Merry, or Yes I am Ready.

 

A painting of the words eat pie and be merryEat Pie and be Merry, acrylic and resin on panel


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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