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Linda Stark

Los Angeles-based artist Linda Stark approaches painting as a sculptural medium, and her work often centers around themes of gender, the natural world and the female gaze and body. She frequently uses images of animated hearts, jewelry and dresses, and sometimes employs enigmatic representations of insects, genitalia and ancient ruins. Since 1984, her work has been shown at well over 100 exhibitions around the country and abroad; she has exhibited her work at UC Berkeley, Angles Gallery (Santa Monica & Los Angeles), Jack Shainman Gallery (New York), Galleria Marabini (Bologna, Italy), Mead Art Museum (Amherst, MA), Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Pasadena Museum of California Art and many other venues. Stark earned her BA at the University of California (Davis) in 1978 and her MFA at the University of California (Irvine) in 1985. For over 40 years, Stark has explored not only how to sculpt with paint, but how to use it to express her worldview tinged with curiosity, mysticism, humor, irony and personal commentary. She uses tiny brushes to build layers of oil paint into tactile images that have ridged patterns, textures and sculptural effects. Examples of Stark’s work are Flashback Rotation (1993), an oil on canvas work featuring abstract geometric swirls in bright colors with a dotted center; and Fixed Wave (2011), an oil on canvas depicting the female reproductive system inspired by a diagram in the landmark women's health book Our Bodies Ourselves, published in the 1970s.