LINDA THAYER

 

STATEMENT

Since childhood, I’ve been attracted to repetition, pattern - variations on a theme. 

I learned about the intricacies of the natural world by drawing all types of animals, birds, plants, etc.  Early on, my inclination was also to interpret everything in abstract as well as realistic terms.

Conceptually, my work is still about relationship, comparing the part to the whole and the particular to the universal.  My interest lies in exploring questions of our ability to differentiate reality from illusion and the material from the ethereal.  I often use geometric form to convey the essential nature of philosophical concepts and esoteric principles.

Aesthetically, I attempt to achieve simplicity and balance – often dealing with the tension of opposing forces.  Fundamental organizing structure, basic spatial relationships, and color are used symbolically and referentially.  Although idea dictates process and meaning takes precedence over method, I enjoy using unconventional means and traditional materials in unexpected ways when not in conflict with expression of the message.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Painter/printmaker, Linda Thayer, has exhibited extensively in NY area galleries, museums, and corporations.  Her numerous solo shows include Union Camp and Johnson & Johnson corporate headquarters as well as John Harms Center for the Arts, Interchurch Center, and Union Theological Seminary.

She has earned many awards, including one from Binney & Smith, Inc. for its International color competition and those juried by Clare Bell, Associate Curator, the Guggenheim Museum; Andre Emmerich, founder of Emmerich/Sotheby’s Gallery; and Phyllis Braff, of the NY Times.  Other art critics, Eileen Watkins (Star Ledger) and William Zimmer (NY Times) have selected her work for recognition.

In addition to NYSWA, her professional affiliations include NY Artists Equity and juried memberships in Painting Affiliates of Northern NJ and National Association of Women Artists.  Her work was chosen for publication by Artery Magazine; Seton Hall University School of Law; and Nabisco, Inc. among others.  Collections include the Ridgewood Arts Council; Bergen College; and British Airways, Ltd.