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Reverence and Nostalgia: Art by Linda Finn

A print showing water texture and a pair of stonesMemory of Water #10

Linda Finn is an Ontario-based artist and painter. The artist’s prolific art practice spans printmaking, acrylic painting, bookmaking, and sculptural assemblage, with a sense of reverence and nostalgia for the Ontario landscape running through the works as a common theme. 

An acrylic painting of a swimmerSwimmer #4


I really enjoy Linda’s printmaking works -- in her series Memory of Water she takes a quiet, abstracted approach to water imagery, combining hazy, fragmented photographs of bodies under placid waves with imagery of stones smoothed by years of water erosion. The images are meditative, but speak to something deeper, expressing the idea of water as a connection between multiple universes. 

A screen capture of Linda Finn's art portfolio websiteThe front page of Linda's art portfolio website


In her paintings, Linda takes a more colourful, playful approach. The theme of water is still present here in beautifully gestural paintings of swimmers. The artist does a great job of capturing the light refraction and dappling effects of sunlight on water, and the appearance of the human form beneath the waves.

An assemblage artwork made up of bones, shells, and stones arranged in a trayMuseum of the Colour White, found objects, etchings in vintage type tray

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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