Linda Ryan

Linda Ryan

Linda Ryan

LINDA RYAN, fine art
2017/18 Artist in Residence


Linda Ryan is a Pour Painting artist who pours, drips, smudges and tilts highly pigmented acrylics suspended in Liquitex Pouring Medium and GAC800 to create works that read like movement caught in fused glass. She currently works in two series that feed off each other: Loose, nonobjective motion-based abstracts, and imagined underwater ocean scenes that are most often built in layers and are based on the theme that our oceans are more precious than gold and gems.

Previously known for her abstract figuratives and dancers as well as her work on behalf of the art community, Ryan came to fully embrace pour painting in late 2014 and has been riveted by it ever since. She left a decade-long position as manager of the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore in March of 2017 to return to fulltime art and focus on further exploring the medium.

Her goals during this residency are to more fully experience the Mendocino headlands and marine land and tidepools and let that become part of the work. She intends to explore the light and shadow of the huge rock formations, the crash of the sea and the palette of the north Pacific, and explore an above-the-surface approach to her ocean series.

Her background in art includes studying with hyperrealist Robert Steiner who went on to become a premier Duck Stamp artist, and painting and history studies with the late Bill Paskewitz. Ryan’s work is in collections in 6 countries and she has been honored with over $11,000 in awards as well as a 2014 Arts Leadership Award from the Alameda County Arts Commission.


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