Linda Charles studied textiles and fashion at university and her background is evident throughout her work, whether it be with heavy texture, using multiple forms of mixed media including gold and silver leaf or simply the patination in her artwork.
Linda has spent her career developing new ideas and continues to break new ground as she strives to produce work that both connects on cerebral and visual levels. Recently, the artist’s Pulp re-imagined collections have highlighted her dexterity with a paintbrush. Within this collection Linda Charles combines her love of the imagery of the pulp paperback books of the 40s, 50s and 60s with a back catalogue of famous hits, artists, and lyrics. Music has always been an important part of Linda’s creativity and she always paints to music in her studio. The artist had the idea of combining elements of classic songs and artists with the look and feel of old paperback books when she came across a box of vintage books in the attic.
Linda vividly recalls when the concept was born, “the first book I came across featured a woman running from a pair of headlights following her in a remote area. I couldn’t help but start humming ‘Born to Run’ by Bruce Springsteen and the concept was born! I have so much fun with these collections because they combine the two artistic concepts of audio and visual. I have received so many lovely comments from all walks of life, whether that be from famous songwriters to future brides or just pure music lovers and art collectors.”
In the early 2000s Linda Charles became one of the most renowned abstract artists in the UK. At the advent of the interior design boom, her use of structure, texture, bold colours and gold and silver leaf propelled her into mainstream contemporary art. With a career spanning over 25 years, she continues to use her vast experience and enjoys exploring new techniques and mediums to produce striking collections.