Linda Styles Ceramics

Biography

The off beat ceramics and 'look twice' pictures of the multi-dimensional Linda Styles, a London born but Cornwall based potter and painter, reflect an unusual life. Cornwall has been her home for 39 years, down by the sea.

Linda’s practice relates to the exploration of the emotive and instinctual, her main purpose being to use unorthodox expressions of surface and form. Although she is outwardly immersed in colourful chaos, this freedom of expression is necessarily underpinned by considered and formal elements of design, manifesting in tangible objects that reflect and focus upon love and all that is beautiful in this World. She mainly works from memory and reflection, the majority of my time being spent in the studio environment, surrounded by chemicals, clay and kilns. 

Linda is known to use a range of colours that are discordant and yet harmonic, gouged out infills purposefully underlaid with dense earth pigments and oxides, swathes of matt opaque interspersed with glassy pools of intense saturation. Colour, line and space merging background into object, object into background, suggestive, evocative and always open to interpretation. Her mark making is best described as organic abstract, the methods she uses are relentlessly intense and complex, the studio being her devotional space, her purpose remaining constant regardless of material, method or outcome. She strives to purposefully seek out awkward but stable balance in relationship to form and surface in the ongoing hope of achieving that illusive but palpable tension of opposites that is affecting on so many levels. She also remain conscious of the fact that throughout history/prehistory pottery has carried the potential for expressive visual surface on a multitude of form, the complexity of which delves beneath transient fashion

Linda states that she can travel across decades in her minds eye, without physical restraint or too much reality creeping in, a rollercoaster trip of emotional rediscovery, specifically focused on the exterior places that hold the most potent of memories. 

Many have tried to pigeonhole Linda's work with little success; there is simply nothing like it, exciting, vibrant and not to be missed, a heady mix of quirky, haunting and thoughtful, 

Linda, as ever, continues to mix intense with intent.



Exhibition and teaching schedule for 2015/16


April - June, Invited Maker, Guild of Ten, Truro, Cornwall

20 - 28 June,  Saturation point’, (Solo show), recent paintings and ceramics, Rock Institute, Rock, Cornwall

15 June - 9 August, RED (The Other Clay)' , Trelowarren, Cornwall

August
The gallery at Bevere, (Featured maker), Worcester
http://beveregallery.com/

Feb 2016
Majlis Gallery, solo show, UAE
http://www.themajlisgallery.com/

May 2016
10 days in Italy - Alternative practice and firing (booking being taken)
http://www.artholidayitaly.com/



Selected Exhibitions

2015  Spring show ,The Richard Hagen Gallery, Worcestershire

2014 Autumn Mixed Show, The Richard Hagen Gallery, Worcestershire

2014 ‘25 Squared’ 25th Anniversary Mixed Show, Majlis Gallery, Dubai,

2014 ‘Brilliant Colour’ Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall

2014 Cornwall Ceramics Trail (St Ives Festival)

2014 ‘For The Sake Of Love’, Solo Show At Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall

2014 ‘Down By The Sea’ Solo Show At New Craftsman, St Ives, Cornwall

2013 ‘Fearless Colour’ Solo Show At Rock, North Cornwall

2013 'Worldly Goods' Majlis, Dubai

2013 Richard Hagen, Worcestershire

2012 '23rd Bakers Dozen' Round House Gallery, Derbyshire

2012 Showcase, Oriel Wrexham, Wales

2012 'Cornwall: A Celebration' Bevere Gallery, Worcester

2011 Mathew Lanyon/Linda Styles. New Craftsman. St Ives

2010 Paintings And Ceramics, Majlis Gallery, Dubai

2010 Winter Show, Ferrers Gallery, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leicestershire

2010 Breath Of Fresh Air, Lander Gallery, Truro, Cornwall

2010 Spring Exhibition Richard Hagen Fine Art, Worcestershire

2010 Paintings And Ceramics, Majlis Gallery, Dubai

2010 Spring Show, Lander Gallery, Truro, Cornwall

2010 A Mixed Bunch, Falmouth Municipal Gallery, Cornwall  

2010 Christmas Show, Caxton Contemporary, Kent

2010 Christmas Show Gallerysca, Shrewsbury 

2009 Around Britain’s Coastline, Richard Hagen, Worcestershire

2009 Autumn Exhibition, Gallerysca, Shrewsbury                               

2009 Darwin – Species, Falmouth Municipal Gallery, Cornwall

2009 Beyond The Surface, Galanthus Gallery, Herefordshire

2009 Christmas Show Wetpaint Gallery, Cirencester

2009 Virtuoso, SDC Gallery, London

2009 Emma Jeffrey’s/Linda Styles, The New Craftsman, St Ives, Cornwall

2009 Spring Exhibition, Hadfield Fine Art, Cheltenham

2008 Christmas Show, Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall         

2008 Little Picture Show, Serena Hall Gallery, Southwold         

2008 Solo Show, New Street Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall

2008 Focus, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland

2008 Linda Styles/Trevor Price, Printmaker’s Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2008 Pet Portraits, Over The Moon, St Agnes, Cornwall         

2008 Christmas Show, Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall

2008 Eye-To-Eye, Object-To-Object, North.Carolina, USA

2007 Linda Styles/Paul Wadsworth, Camden Gallery, Gloustershire

2007 ‘3 Alchemists, Hill House Gallery, Yorkshire

2007 ‘Function?’ Solo Show, Over The Moon, St Agnes, Cornwall

2007 Miro Constellations, Falmouth Gallery, Cornwall

2006 “Curated’, Hidden Art, Godolphin House, Helston, Cornwall

2006 Daphne Mcclure, Linda Styles, Dave Symmons Newlyn Orion

2006 Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey, Devon                            

2006 Eleventh Annual, Chelsea Art Fair, London 

2005 Linda Styles/Paul Wadsworth, Badcocks Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall

2005 Selling Show, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall                                          

2005 Bristol Affordable Art Fair, Bristol

2004 9th Annual, Chelsea Art Fair, London           

2004 Matisse, Falmouth Municipal Gallery, Cornwall

2004 ‘Patterns Of Growth’ The Gallery At Trebah, Mawnan Smith, Cornwall

2003 Italy, Light & Dark, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London

2003 Picasso ‘Make Me Smile’, Falmouth Municipal Gallery, Cornwall

2003 Discovering Cornish Talent, Hicks Gallery, Wimbledon, London

2002 Ceramica, Glasshouse Gallery, Truro, Cornwall

2002 Seventh Annual, Chelsea Art Fair, London           

2002 Cornish Ceramics, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Wiltshire

2001 The Beach, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire

2001 ‘Fresh Cornish’, Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

2000 ‘Focus’ Rachel Kantaris, Linda Styles, Newlyn Orion, Cornwall

1996 Makers From Cornwall, 3D Gallery, Bristol

1996 ‘What’s Brewing’ Art Connoisseur Gallery, London

1996 Setting Out, CPA, London


1995 Ceramic Contemporaries 2, V&A, London


1995 ‘A Sense Of Place,’ Cornwall Museum, Truro, Cornwall

1994 The Melting Pot, Tate Gallery, St Ives


Self directed and curated exhibitions


2013 ‘Fearless Colour’, Rock, Cornwall

2011 ‘Otherwise it Will all be for nothing’ Penny MacBeth Gallery, Cornwall

2009 ‘Pet’ Over the Moon, St Agnes, Cornwall

2009 ‘Mark of the Hand, Trelowarren, Lizard

2008 ‘Subversive Figures’, StISA, St Ives

2007 ‘Submersive Figures’, Penzance

2007 ‘Spontaneous Combustion 2 StISA St Ives

2006 ‘Spontaneous Combustion 1, Trelowarren, Lizard

2004 ‘Burning Issues’ Trelowarren, Lizard



Awards


2009 ‘Mark of the Hand’ - CUC academic research (see links page, paper
available). Lizard, Cornwall

2008 ‘Falmouth Gallery Babies project’ - 2 year public art commission

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/jan/05/wild-mums-falmouth-gallery-cornwall

Heritage lottery funded (see press page, paper available). Falmouth, Cornwall

2007 ‘Spontaneous Combustion 2’ Public art project undertaken with Lisa Stewart
and Joanna Forsyth, Cornwall College, CUC academic research, European Funding,
Arts Council (see links page, paper available). St Ives, Cornwall 

2006 Creative Skills PD grant for Website design sponsorship 

2006 ‘Spontaneous Combustion 1’ Public art project undertaken with Lisa Stewart
and Joanna Forsyth, Cornwall College, CUC Academic Research (see links page,
paper available). Lizard, Cornwall

2005 Creative Skills PD grant for research trip - 'Dispelling the Myth' London

2004 ‘Burning Issues’ CUC academic research fund (paper available), Lizard       

2000 ‘A New Way of Looking at Form and Surface in ceramic' A project
undertaken with Pete Smith, Cornwall College academic research fund (paper
available). Redruth, Cornwall

1998 Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Post 16).

1996-1997 'Low fired simulated sawdust firing' - Research assistant to Pete
Smith, Falmouth College of Art Research Award published in Ceramic Review (issue
No 163).

1996 1st class BA (Hon’s) in Studio Ceramics + 1st class Dissertation award for  'A
Deconstruction of Women’s Daily Lives', featuring Bobby Baker performance
artist and the seven virtues (Pilgrims Progress). (Copy available, UCF library).
Falmouth, Cornwall

1996 ‘Setting Out’ - CPA panel selected UK graduate show, Conran range
displayed at Craftsman Potters Association, London

1996 'What's Brewing’? Top UK graduates selected show, Art Connoisseur Gallery 

1995 Ceramic Contempories 2 - Our 3 Rubber spouted Teapots were one of 60
exhibits selected from 3.000 undergraduate/post graduate submissions

Conran range, Styles & Ward) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1995 Society of Designer Craftsmen - Now lapsed, but a memorable interview by
Kenneth Clarke at Dickensian head office. London

1993 Dartington Trust Fund - Cash award with the proviso that I would put my
practice back into the community, which I believe I have done manifold. Totnes,
Devon

1962 National art competition. I won the South East junior heat with a jungle
painting (paint box prize presented by Tony Hart on a portable stage at Bentalls).
Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey



Teaching 1997 – 2015


Researcher and curator for various Arts Council, Heritage Lottery and EU funded public art projects for The Combined University of Cornwall, Matrix mentor and guest lecturer in Contemporary Crafts at UCF. H.E. Course leader in 3D Craft Design at Cornwall College.10 students/10 days, an annual event in Tuscany relating to alternative form, surface and firing techniques 

2011- Ongoing UCF/CCA /Matrix mentoring roles for student placement, visiting lecturer- Contemporary Crafts, UCF, freelance creative practice facilitator, curator and researcher 

05 - 09 Elected Trustee as Cornwall Crafts Education Advisory Officer 

08 - 10 Associate Lecturer in Contemporary Ceramic Practice FdA    

02 - 08 Programme Manager, HND 3D Craft Design – Ceramics

99 - 09 Associate Lecturer in Art and Design



Commissions

 

2008 Falmouth Gallery Babies project, 2 year art project, Heritage lottery, Cornwall
 http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/jan/05/wild-mums-falmouth-gallery-cornwall


2007 The Gregg Museum of Folk Art - Requested gift of ceramics, NC, USA        

2006 Hidden Art Curated -  21st century interpretation of 19th Century decorative jug for Godolphin House. Lizard, Cornwall

2006 Sand Rose Trust Tiles - 6 logo tiles for bereaved children's cottages. Marazion,
Cornwall

2005 Redruth Hospital  - 6 tile panels for display in new mental health wards, Redruth, Cornwall

2004 Godolphin Arms Ceramic triptych for restaurant overlooking St Michaels Mount. Marazion, Cornwall

1997 Frame Warehouse Piazza - Total redesign and refurbishment. Penryn, Cornwall

1996 Chris Neal Design Ltd ceramic mural - large-scale architectural project, relief sections 6’x 6’ based on industrial/natural landscape/seascape. Truro, Cornwall

1995 Sir Terence Conran, range of tableware. Michelin House, London

1994 Tate Gallery Undergraduate commission with Lubna Chowdhary. St Ives

 


Publications and press


2013 'Contemporary Tableware'’, (Conran breakfast range inclusion), Linda   Bloomfield. Published by Robert Hale (Jan)

2010 'Advanced Pottery', (Surface image inclusion), Linda Bloomfield. Published by Robert Hale (Oct) 

2009 Art – A-Z Degrees - Getting Into University, The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/student/into-university/az-degrees/art-1630750.html

2009 ‘Wild Mums find Art’ - Guardian Society, Heritage Lottery funded project

2009 ‘History in the Making’ Inside Cornwall, Aug, issue number 188 

2008 ‘SubmersiveFigures’Artcornwall
http://www.artcornwall.org/exhibitions/submersive_figures.htm  

2008 ‘In the Studio’ Inside Cornwall, Sept 177

2008 ‘Submersive Figures’ Cornwall Culture review by Cath Wallace, August

2008 ‘Children's tiles help build the future of Falmouth’ - Falmouth Packet, June

2006 ‘Catch this’ Daily Telegraph, May 

2006 ‘On the crest of a new Arts Wave’ - The Observer, Nov 

2006,‘Open Studios Cornwall’ - Daily Telegraph Travel Supplement

2004 ‘The History of Studio Pottery’ Inside Cornwall, Jan, issue number 117

2003 ‘Burning Issues’ Cornwall Today, Nov, issue number 115

2003 'Linda Styles Ceramics' published for the exhibition at Tate St Ives

2000 ‘A New Way of Looking at Form and Surface’ CUC academic research fund 

1998 ‘British Studio Potters' Marks’, E. Yates-Owen and R. Fournier - ongoing

1997 'Bonfire Brilliance’, Low Fire Simulated Sawdust Firing' Ceramic Review (163)

1996 'Hot Seat' Cornwall Today, December

 


“Enjoying your work, it holds reverence and without twittering on it’s a chaotic comfort that needs no convincing… me likes”. Banksy 2008

 

I'd love to be an atom, to take a walk in that wilderness: through halls of molten colours... Cat Milne 2014

 

"Linda Styles paintings and ceramics are instantly recognizable, created in a style that is uniquely her own. There is a dynamic tension between figurative and abstract elements of her work, which often contain intriguing undertones. Linda is one of the most exciting artists working in Cornwall today"

The late Brian Stewart, Director and Curator, Falmouth Art Gallery 2007




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