These works are from observational drawings of light on the human body. My interest in drawing the figure has been influenced by the work of Daumier, Degas and the Australian artist Godwin Bradbeer.
I work with models who are also dancers, musicians or other kinds of performers. I use illumination and shadow in a way that reflects the theatrical and emotional nature of their work; this interests me more than drawing the human figure simply as anatomy. A life model exerts a great deal of energy and effort in holding a motionless position in space; my work is a response to the energy and life contained within this stillness.
These images have been worked in graphite on polymer (synthetic) paper covered with a layer of oil paint. This method replicates the monotype process of rubbing through paint onto a smooth plate, but I let the image dry on this surface, instead of transferring it to paper through a printing press.
This way of working combines elements of painting and printmaking, whilst still allowing me the spontaneity of the drawing process
Linda Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org www.lindarobertson.com.au
Date of Birth 11/6/54
1971 HSC Strathcona Baptist School. Awarded Commonwealth Scholarship 1972-76 Bachelor of Arts degree, Latrobe University. Major in Sociology, Philosophy, History, English Literature 1982-85 Diploma of Fine Art, Philip Institute of Technology Major in drawing and printmaking, (screen printing, etching and lithography)
1997-2005 Life Drawing workshops with Godwin Bradbeer Drawing workshops with Geoff Dupree 1996 Certificate course, Desktop Publishing, Collingwood Tafe 1994 New Arts Studio School, Linden, St Kilda Painting and drawing summer school 1989-92 Painting and drawing classes, Council of Adult Education 1987 Certificate course, graphic reproduction for printing Melbourne College of Printing and Graphic Art
2013 Exhibition with Metropolis Gallery
2010 Group exhibtion Metropolis Gallery 2009 Solo exhibition, Metropolis Gallery ,Geelong 2008 Frankston Arts Centre, solo show. Art Melbourne with Jenny Pihan Fine Art 2007 Art Melbourne with Jenny Pihan Fine Art 2006 Art Melbourne with Jenny Pihan Fine Art Group show, Bankart Gallery Group show, Little Malop Gallery 2005 Group show, Bankart Gallery Represented at Melbourne Affordable Art Fair by Jenny Pihan Fine Art Represented at SydneyArt 05 by Paintbox Gallery Finalist, Banyule Works on Paper Award Exhibition with Paintbox Gallery, ACT 2004 Represented at Melbourne Affordable Art Fair by Skepsi Gallery Represented at London October Affordable Art Fair by Tallantyre Gallery, Northumberland 2003 Solo show, Skepsi Gallery, Carlton Finalist, Castlemaine Drawing Prize Finalist, Banyule Works on Paper Award Group show, Jenny Pihan Fine Art , Mornington 2002 Group show, Boathouse Gallery, Mornington 2001 Finalist, Castlemaine Drawing prize Group show, Collingwood Gallery 2000 Group Show, Fitzroy Gallery 1999 Linden Postcard show 1998 Group show, Fitzroy Gallery Group show; Life Models Society Show, Roar studios
Selected awards 2013 Best Work Knox Show. Best Pastel, Hobsons Bay Show, Camberwell, 2011 highly commended St Kevins, 2011 best Pastel Camberwell 2006 Highly commended Tarra Art Show 2006 Highly Commended Bright Art Show, 2006 best other medium Finalist, Banyule Works on Paper 2005 San Remo Show 2005, Best Work in another medium Corowa Show 2005, Highly Commended Warragul Art Show, Best Work in Show; Wagga Wagga Art Show, Judge’s award Bright Art Show 2004 Best Other Medium Yarram Show 2004, Highly Commended, Pastel St Mary’s Art Show 2003, Ararat; Best Painting Finalist, 2003 Castlemaine Drawing Prize; Finalist, 2003 Banyule Works on Paper Award Deniliquin Art Show 2002, Best Pastel; Camberwell Art Show 2002; Encouragement award, pastel, Brighton Art Show 2002, Best work on paper; Finalist, 2001 Castlemaine Drawing Prize; Warragul art show, Highly commended, drawing section
Collections Bass Coast Shire; City of Bright; Strathcona Girls School; Methodist Ladies College collection
Teaching experience Previous: Teaching life drawing workshops with Arts Society of Canberra, Summer Schools 2008, 2009 Teacher of life drawing, Council of Adult Education.
Current: Teaching adults – regular 2 hour classes & half day workshops Teaching secondary school life drawing Teacher pastel drawing, Arts on Burgundy, Heidelberg Specialist teacher, life drawing workshops: Marcellin College, Mary Immaculate, Ivanhoe Girl’s Grammar.
Represented by Jenny Pihan Fine Art; Paintbox Gallery, Canberra Metropolis Gallery, Geelong; Seaview Gallery, Queenscliff
For more on Linda Robertson see www.lindarobertson.com.au