Linda Robertson


Figure Study 1
pastel 64x45cm
Figure Study 2
pastel 64x45cm
Figure Study 3
pastel 64x45cm
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About Linda Robertson

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

Date of Birth 11/6/54


1971 HSC Strathcona Baptist School.Awarded Commonwealth Scholarship1972-76 Bachelor of Arts degree, Latrobe University.Major in Sociology, Philosophy, History, English Literature1982-85 Diploma of Fine Art, Philip Institute of TechnologyMajor in drawing and printmaking, (screen printing, etching and lithography)


Further education

1997-2005 Life Drawing workshops with Godwin BradbeerDrawing workshops with Geoff Dupree1996 Certificate course, Desktop Publishing, Collingwood Tafe1994 New Arts Studio School, Linden, St KildaPainting and drawing summer school1989-92 Painting and drawing classes, Council of Adult Education1987 Certificate course, graphic reproduction for printingMelbourne College of Printing and Graphic Art


2018 Exhibition with Metropolis Gallery

2018 Exhibition with Cambridge St Gallery

2018 "Recent Works" at Malvern Art Society gallery

2017 Cambridge St Gallery, group show 

2016 "Mono" Group exhibition monotype printmakers, Metropolis

2016 Group show, Cambridge St Gallery

2015 Exhibition with Metropolis Gallery

2013 Exhibition with Metropolis Gallery

2012 Finalist, "She" exhibition Frankston Arts Centre

2010 Group exhibtion Metropolis Gallery2009 Solo exhibition, Metropolis Gallery ,Geelong2008 Frankston Arts Centre, solo show. Art Melbourne with Jenny Pihan Fine Art2007 Art Melbourne with Jenny Pihan Fine Art2006 Art Melbourne with Jenny Pihan Fine Art Group show, Bankart Gallery Group show, Little Malop Gallery2005 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, ACT2004 Represented at Melbourne Affordable Art Fair by Skepsi Gallery Represented at London October Affordable Art Fairby Tallantyre Gallery, Northumberland 2003 Solo show, Skepsi Gallery, Carlton Finalist, Castlemaine Drawing PrizeFinalist, Banyule Works on Paper Award Group show, Jenny Pihan Fine Art , Mornington2002 Group show, Boathouse Gallery, Mornington2001 Finalist, Castlemaine Drawing prizeGroup show, Collingwood Gallery2000 Group Show, Fitzroy Gallery 1999 Linden Postcard show 1998 Group show, Fitzroy GalleryGroup show; Life Models Society Show, Roar studios

Selected awards  2018 Best in Show, Moonee Valley Art Show 2018 Best Pastel, Hobsons' Bay 2017 Best Pastel, Bayside Art Show 2017 Best Pastel Moonee Valley Art Show 2013 Best Work Knox Show. Best Pastel, Hobsons Bay Show, Camberwell, 2011 highly commendedSt Kevins, 2011 best PastelCamberwell 2006 Highly commendedTarra Art Show 2006 Highly CommendedBright Art Show, 2006 best other mediumFinalist, Banyule Works on Paper 2005San Remo Show 2005, Best Work in another medium Corowa Show 2005, Highly CommendedWarragul Art Show, Best Work in Show; Wagga Wagga Art Show, Judge’s awardBright Art Show 2004 Best Other Medium Yarram Show 2004, Highly Commended, PastelSt Mary’s Art Show 2003, Ararat; Best PaintingFinalist, 2003 Castlemaine Drawing Prize; Finalist, 2003 Banyule Works on Paper AwardDeniliquin 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; CollectionsBass Coast Shire; City of Bright; Strathcona Girls School; Methodist Ladies College collection

Teaching experiencePrevious:Teaching life drawing workshops with Arts Society of Canberra, Summer Schools 2008, 2009Teacher of life drawing, Council of Adult Education.

Current:Teaching adults – regular 2 hour classes & half day workshopsTeaching secondary school life drawingTeacher pastel drawing, Specialist teacher, life drawing and printmaking workshops: St Bede's College, Templestowe College, Ivanhoe Girl’s Grammar.

Represented byJenny Pihan Fine Art; Paintbox Gallery, CanberraMetropolis Gallery, Geelong; Seaview Gallery, Queenscliff

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