Linda Harrison is the joint founder and studio holder of the Central Art Studios in the centre of Keighley, opened in Jan 2014, with the support of the East Street Arts charity, Leeds. Linda has been an Associate Member of the Leeds Fine Art Group since 2011 and a full exhibiting member since 2013. She has also been on the Group’s Exhibitions Committee since 2015.
Linda graduated from the Open University in 2004 with an arts degree and gained a Masters degree in Contemporary Fine Art Practice from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2008. She has also studied the art and practice of digital photography with the Open University.
For her fine art work, she uses soft and oil pastels predominantly, as illustrated here, but Linda also works with photography and mixed media when necessary to achieve a desired effect. She paints on a range of surfaces, including handmade papers, textured card, sandpaper, and canvas.
Linda says of her work:
My art work satisfies my personal need for self expression … I attempt to leave some mystery in my work by not presenting a complete explanation, to encourage the viewer to make their interpretation a personal one.
Linda’s paintings have been exhibited in the UK at Dean Clough Gallery, Oldham Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery in South London, South Square Gallery, Thornton, Northlight Gallery, Huddersfield, The Light Gallery, Leeds, and at Cliffe Castle, Keighley. Her work has also been displayed at the City Hall Gallery in Bermuda.
She is a leading member of the ‘Art on the Square’ group of Keighley amateur and professional artists, and her work was included in the ‘Taking Time to Stand and Stare’ exhibition at Cliffe Castle in 2016. Linda’s work was also featured in 2017 on the Big Screen in Bradford city centre as part of a Bradford UNESCO City of Film project to promote the work of local artists.
(All images shown here by courtesy of the artist)