Linda O'Brien

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Biography

Linda is an accomplished, Perth-based artist gaining recognition through Art Awards in 3 mediums and particularly for her expertise in the medium of pastel. Her formative years were immersed in nature as a country girl (born Northam, WA) and Linda attributes her desire to paint from that time. Linda’s subject matter varies greatly; from landscapes and seascapes to watery reflections and capturing that nostalgia with real people in holiday situations; always sunlit and usually late afternoon, discovering that excitement in the play of luminous colour. She works in the mediums of pastel, oil and acrylic. Her work is always evolving, becoming somewhat abstracted at times. International travel allows her to absorb and capture the soft light and culture of other countries; however the brilliance and contrast of Australia, particularly the Western Australian coastline keeps drawing her back.

Solo Exhibitions

2015
PULLMAN RESORT EXHIBITION

Naturaliste

2014
XMAS COLLECTION 2014

Home Gallery, Karrinyup

2013
ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Boranup Gallery, Forest Grove

2012
XMAS COLLECTION 2012

Home Gallery, Karrinyup

2012
ATMOSPHERIC AMBIENCE

Wills Domain Winery, Yallingup

2011
INLAND ENCOUNTERS

Hay Shed Hill Winery, Margaret River

2010
ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Boranup Gallery, Forest Grove

2010
IN THE SPIRIT OF TOODYAY

Home Gallery, Karrinyup

2009
A COLLECTION OF WORKS

Home Gallery, Karrinyup

2008
A CELEBRATION

Home Gallery, Karrinyup

2007
SOULSCAPES

Artspace Gallery, Nedlands

2006
PAINTINGS FOR PLEASURE

Private Home, Dunsborough

2004
DELIGHTS OF LIFE

Old Royal George Gallery, E. Fremantle

Group Exhibitions

2015
SCARBIZARRE

The Art Space Collective, Scarborough

2015
SUMMERSET ARTS FESTIVAL

Open Gallery, Karrinyup

2011
COLOUR, LIGHT & TEXTURE

Houghton Wineries, Swan Valley

2011
COASTAL IMPRESSIONS

Maureen Grierson Centre, Scarborough

2010
TIME AND SPACE

Lady Lawley Cottage, Cottesloe

2008
FROM THE HEART

Tresillian, Nedlands

2006
A DASH OF RED

Tresillian, Nedlands

2006
FOUR REASONS

Artspace Gallery, Nedlands

2005
BODYSCAPES

Gallery 360, Applecross

2005
JUST COASTING

Tresillian, Nedlands

2004
GET REAL

Gallery 360, Applecross

2004
REALIST ARTISTS

Tipperary Church Gallery, York

2004
REALIST ARTISTS

Old Royal George Gallery, E. Fremantle

2004
BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Tresillian, Nedlands

2004
REALIST ARTISTS

Alexander Building, Perth City

2003
REALIST ARTISTS

Katanning Gallery, Katanning

Awards

2014
Pastel Society of WA Art Exhibitions – 1st Prize

2013
Kondinin Art Prize – Open Art Award (Acquisitive)

2013
Cossack Art Award – Highly Commended

2012
Pastel Society of WA Art Exhibitions – 1st Prize

2011
Canning Art Award – Judges’ Award – Overall

2010
Perth Royal Show (RAS) Open Art Exhibition – Highly Commended

2010
Pastel Society of WA Art Exhibitions – 1st Prize

2009
Arthritis Foundation of WA Art Exhibition – Dr Evan Owen Memorial Prize

2007
The York Society Art awards – 1st Prize – Oil/Acrylic & 1st Prize – Drawing

2006
City of Melville Art Awards – 1st Prize - Pastel

Publications

2012
SCOOP HOMES & ART, Art, Gallery’s Choice pp. 221-222

2011
HAY SHED HILL MARGARET RIVER, Gallery Perspective p. 4

2008
STIRLING TIMES, Art by Louise Bettison

2005
WESTERN SUBURBS WEEKLY, Art by Louise Fisher

2004
ARTIST’S CHRONICLE, Retrospective pp. 8-9 by Lyn DiCiero

2004
THE FREMANTLE HERALD, Art by Kristen Paech

2002
AUSTRALIAN ARTIST, Is Your Painting Here? p. 50

2000
PASTEL ARTIST INTERNATIONAL, pp. 114-115

Artist Statement

My journey is forever seeking to portray light and its effects on colour, atmosphere and luminosity.