Thomas Linder’s practice utilizes different materials to generate new bodies of work. Each series is an experiment within a process. His latest series titled ‘Strangers’ utilizes full cowhides as a canvas.
The shape, color and texture of the individual hides provide a starting point for a broad painting and drawing practice. There is a conscious decision to leave the conscious mind out of the studio. This leads to a range of imagery from graphic abstraction to figuration to text.
The work aims to tap into an understanding of doodling or that first spark of creativity itself. Moments of representation peak through abstraction only to recede and hide their faces again. Lines are drawn free of planning or sketching in search of pure form and expression while holding on to order and a sense of the artist’s personal style. Most consistent are themes coming from a Midwest farming background, cowboys, crop-like patterns, working rhythms with a sense of play where fun can be found in a monotonous day to day lifestyle.
Linder was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1986 and now lives and works out of his studio in Los Angeles, California. He is the Co-Founder of the Artist-Run Gallery, BBQLA. He received his BFA in Sculpture and Community Arts from Kansas City Art Institute as well as an MFA from Bowling Green State University. His work has been exhibited nationally including solo shows at Over the Influence, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ibid Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA and Maple Street Construct, Omaha, NE, USA.
Thomas Linder took part in ‘LUCKY CHARM’ a Group Exhibition of 28 International Artists. Presented by Lisa Boudet in association with Moosey Art. Opening the 4th of November 2021 at Hoxton Arches in London, United Kingdom.