Linda M Farquharson
Linda Farquharson creates art of whimsical lyricism. Hers is a distinctive graphic style of pared down compositions and delight in pattern making, contrasting the monochrome qualities of relief printmaking with the evocative possibilities of colour.
A gentle humour pervades much of her work: lolloping hares; a worm tugged from the earth; a coy Eve with her apple; mermaids arranged like sardines in a can. She is an instinctive ‘makar’: storytelling is at the heart of her work and she draws on motifs and inspiration distilled from a childhood growing up on an Aberdeenshire farm.
Reflecting a time when rural life was marked by tradition – the farming and church calendars punctuated by festivals, picnics, ponies, and local seaside holidays – Linda’s work reveals a profound love of nature, leavened by the quirks of humanity.
1963 Born Aberdeen
1985 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. BA (Hons) Design, specialising in Illustration & printmaking
1985 Sekalski Prize for Printmaking
1986 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Postgraduate Scholarship in Design, specialising in Printmaking
1993-95 Part-time lecturer in Illustration & printmaking at DJCA
2000 Royal Caribbean Cruise Liners – commission for wall panels
2007 Book illustration commission. “Irish Folk & Fairy Tales”. The Folio Society
2010 Book illustration commission. “Lady of the Lake” by Walter Scott. SSLS
2011 Professional membership of VAS
After graduating in 1986 Linda Farquharson worked for several years as a commercial illustrator undertaking commissions for design and advertising companies using her printmaking skills.
In 1990 she purchased and restored a Columbian press, which has pride of place in her studio. In 1988 she had her first solo exhibition and has continued to exhibit throughout the UK ever since.
Linda also regularly exhibits with The Society of Wood Engravers.