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“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.”

Leonard Cohen

Artist Statement

I have always been an essentially joyful and exuberant person, which is somewhat of a surprise, considering that I have struggled with Bipolar Disorder since I was about 17. Although I have certainly seen dark times, I have for the most part chosen to embrace the blessing of being Bipolar much more than the curse. It has been an undeniable source of creativity, empathy and intuition in my life and I’m very grateful for that. 

 

As an artist, it has drawn me to the metaphor of darkness and light, that light is available to us in any situation if we only have the courage to look for it. In my work I map emotional terrain within layers upon layers of paint, using deep marks, lines and texture to add to the complex history beneath the surface of my paintings. I will then sand or scrape back these layers to reveal the mysteries waiting underneath. I believe this process represents the idea we are all made perfectly imperfect by our wounds and shortcomings, and through these imperfections lies the light and beauty of our souls. 

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Linda Povey Biography

I am an artist working in Philadelphia and Wellfleet, Massachusetts. After a 30-year career working as a creative executive in marketing and advertising, I began painting full time after discovering oil and cold wax as a medium. I have been very fortunate to study with some exceptional teachers, including Lisa Pressman, Lisa Boardwine, Randall Graham and Rebecca Crowell at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Ireland. I participated in the Creative Visionary Program with Nicholas Wilton in 2020 and 2021. This year, I travelled  to Stockholm, Sweden for an artist residency to explore where my artistic career really began almost 40 years ago.

 

My work has been shown at the Provincetown Museum, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, The A Gallery in Provincetown, Chester County Studio Tour and The Wayne Center for the Arts.

Selected Exhibitions

2022

CHESTER COUNTY STUDIO TOUR, West Chester, PA

2021

ATTRACTION TO ABSTRACTION. Large works exhibition, CraftForms 2021, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA, Curated by Val Rossman

 

SMALL WORKS. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown MA

 

FALL MEMBERS JURIED EXHIBITION, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA.  Juried by Paul DuSold of the Woodmere Art Museum

 

12x12 SHOW, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown MA

 

CHESTER COUNTY STUDIO TOUR, The Barn, Downingtown PA

2020

12x12 SHOW. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown MA

 

MEMBERS SHOW. Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA

2019

12x12 SHOW. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown MA

2018

CHESTER COUNTY STUDIO TOUR, West Chester, PA

2015

ONE + ONE. A Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Curated by Marian Peck