Linda LeKinff, b. Paris 1949 -
In the bold and vibrant creations
of Linda LeKinff, elements of her beloved masters permeate her highly original visions, imbuing them with a force greater
than the sum of their parts. Yet, when a body of her work is gathered for an exhibition, there is no mistaking that such a
collection is a coherent outpouring of one very focused and original mind, drawing on a diverse treasure of artistic influences
and personal experiences.
Linda LeKinff was born in
Paris from French and Brazilian parents (to which she attributes her exotic Imagination).
She started her career as a painter at the age of 20.
In the 1970’s she traveled
to India, Tibet, Mexico and Italy. She lived and worked in Italy for twelve years
learning the ancient technique of tempera, egg painting and the gold leaf method taught by masters in Florence and Livorno. She also served an apprenticeship in wood engraving, copper engraving, and excelled
in learning the modern techniques of acrylic and airbrush painting.
In Paris, 1975, she learned
lithography, meeting the artists, Brayer, Corneille, and Lapique. In 1976 she
met Okamoto Taro, the Japanese Picasso, who introduced her to the sand and sumi technique.
In 1981 she spent six months
in Morocco where she worked with Chabia, the poetess of the native abstraction movement.
She returned to school in south Tyrol where she became interested in painted, polished and varnished woodwork, using
a special material made of casein. She applied it to her paintings and continues
to use this technique today but still keeps the traditional approach of painting in acrylic on canvas, as well.
She began to create original
serigraphs in the mid 1980’s and uses this technique exclusively in the creation of her original graphic works. She also creates hand-embellished versions of her serigraph on canvas and wood, and
spends countless hours re-visiting each example to extract new artistic possibilities from every individual image.
LeKinff also expresses herself
through watercolors or, more precisely, a mixing of greasy pastels, ink and watercolor.
Recently she began to use collage. She works without a model and her inspiration
comes from travel, her dreams, reading and her imagination. Her subjects are
extremely diverse, and include musical scenes, poetic interpretations of people caught in an intimate moment of their lives,
and couples elegantly dressed, out for a night on the town.
Her influences include the
hidden sensuality of Braque, the masterful drawing of Matisse, and the elegance of Modigliani and the precocious maturity
of Egon Schiele who died at the age of twenty-eight.
In 1998, LeKinff was selected
as the official World Cup artist. For that distinction, she created a painting
that was minted into a commemorative coin by the French Government, an honor never before offered to a living French artist.
In 2002 LeKinff participated
in the “Exposition of Prestige” organized by the Ambassador of France in Japan and her work was exhibited in museums
and art foundations in Japanese cities including: Tokyo-Bunkamura Museum; Nagoya-Tenjin Salaria Art Foundation; Osaka-Kirin
Foundation; Fukuoka-Loft Gallery; Yokohama-Redbrick-Warehouse.
Le Kinff has taken her place
among contemporary artists whose work frees us from the mundane reality of everyday life, not with elaborate fantasy but with
a sure-handed rendering of beauty and elegance in line with her personal view on painting, which is "Everything is teaching
a lesson of modesty."
Never condescending, always
uplifting, Linda LeKinff, with her new exposure to American audiences via Chedworth Publishing, is certain to become a “force
majeure” not only in the marketplace, but also in the Diaspora of this multi-tiered beast known as the Art World.