Linda Styles Artist Statement And Curriculum Vitae

I am trying to capture the power of enduring love, out there, in here, beyond the transient nature of this physical existence, beyond the rawness of being…always.

For one reason or another I have visited unusual situations and places throughout life. Clues as to what this life has been and still is, are evident in all that I embody,

if looked for hard enough. I tend to travel inward for inspiration, nowadays my response to catastrophic events lying within my art practice, so it could be said that chaos and trauma inspire my work, but I prefer to think that my art is a relatively safe “antidote” to a particularly glum experience…But, I hope that the overriding essence of my work is to do with optimism andthe strangely positive power of enduring anger,my main aim being to focus on love and all that is beautiful in this World,whilst acknowledging a lurid reality that is historically based upon darkness and despair.I do hope that my work is about something ‘other’ than itself, awkward balance and seemingly naive pictorial narrative always present, always linked.


I believe that buried deep within us all, that we possess the primitive and inescapable character of a force of nature, art being a conduit for this raw state of being. I feel strongly that somehow, together we are journeying to the elemental creative core, the ceramic outcome being just one part of the ever flowing whole.

Linda Styles


Key Exhibitions

2018 20/21 Modern British, Saatchi Gallery (represented by Long & Ryle)

2018 LAPADA, Berkeley Square, London (represented by Long & Ryle)

2017 10year Anniversary show, Valency Fine Art, Rock, Cornwall

2016 Pressgang, Penwith Society of Arts Gallery, St Ives

2015 Saturation point, Solo show, Valency Fine Art, Rock, Cornwall

2015 Glaze Alchemy, The Leach Pottery, St Ives, Cornwall

2014 For the Sake of Love, Solo Show, Beside the Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall

2014 Down by The Sea Solo Show, New Craftsman, St Ives, Cornwall

2014 25 Squared 25th Anniversary Mixed Show, Majlis Gallery, UAE

2013 Fearless Colour, Solo Show, Valency Fine Art, Rock, Cornwall

2013 Worldly Goods, Majlis, UAE

2011 Mathew Lanyon/Linda Styles, New Craftsman, St Ives

2010 Paintings and Ceramics, Majlis Gallery, UAE

2009 Around Britain’s Coastline, Richard Hagen, Worcestershire

2009 Virtuoso, SDC Gallery, London

2008 Eye-To-Eye, Object-To-Object, North Carolina, USA

2007 Linda Styles, Camden Gallery, Gloucestershire

2007 Miro Constellations, Falmouth Gallery, Cornwall

2006 Linda Styles, Newlyn Orion, Cornwall

2006 11th Annual, Chelsea Art Fair, London

2004 9th Annual, Chelsea Art Fair, London

2004 Matisse, Falmouth Municipal Gallery, Cornwall

2003 Italy, Light & Dark, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London

2003 Picasso ‘Make Me Smile’, Falmouth Municipal Gallery, Cornwall

2003 Discovering Cornish Talent, Hicks Gallery, Wimbledon, London

2002 7th Annual, Chelsea Art Fair, London

2001 Fresh Cornish, Brewery Arts, Cirencester

2000 Focus, Newlyn Orion, Cornwall

1996 What’s Brewing Art Connoisseur Gallery, London

1996 Setting Out, CPA, London

1995 Ceramic Contemporaries 2, V&A, London

1995 A Sense of Place, Cornwall Museum, Truro, Cornwall

1994 The Melting Pot, Tate Gallery, St Ives


Self-directed Experiential Projects 

2017 – 2018 ‘Ancient Scent 2’, Ireland – StSaviour’s Hall (The Lenkiewicz Foundation), Barbican, Plymouth

Our journey was based on Ithell Colquhoun’s psychogeographical text, ‘The Crying of the Wind’ as part of a funded residency in Ireland– We visited Ballycumber House, Uisneach, Durrow Abbey, Clara Bog, Clonmacnoise. Tullamore, Loughcrew Cairns, Leap Castle and Galway.

2015 – 16 ‘Ancient Scent 1’, – Lamorna – WI Hall, Lamorna Valley

An experiential art project exploring the methods and motives of Ithell Colquhoun with particular emphasis on elemental nature and alchemical process using pit and drum firings in chosen landscapes of Cornwall. The preview included Peter Owen publishers relaunch of The Crying of the Wind (1955) and The Living Stones (1957).

2011 ‘Otherwise it Will all be for nothing’ Penny MacBeth Gallery, Penryn
2009 ‘Mark of the Hand’, Trelowarren, Lizard
2008 ‘Subversive Figures’, StISA, St Ives
2007 ‘Submersive Figures’, Penzance
2007 ‘Spontaneous Combustion 2′, StISA St Ives
2006 ‘Spontaneous Combustion 1′, Trelowarren, Lizard

2004 ‘Burning Issues’ Trelowarren, Lizard


Teaching 1998 – 2018

Researcher and curator for various Arts Council, Heritage Lottery and EU funded public art projects for The Combined University of Cornwall, Matrix mentor and visiting lecturer in Contemporary Crafts at UCF, H.E. Course leader in 3D Contemporary Craft Design at Cornwall College. 10 students/10 days, a Biennialevent in Umbria, relating to alternative form, surface and firing techniques, Leach Pottery masterclass facilitator, curator and researcher.

2005 – 2009 Elected Trustee as Cornwall Crafts Education Advisory Officer
2008 – 2010 Associate Lecturer in Contemporary Ceramic Practice FdA
2002 – 2008 Programme Manager/year tutor, HND 3D Craft Design – Ceramics
1999 – 2009 Associate Lecturer in Art and Design

1998 – 1999 PGCE teaching practice


2009 ‘Mark of the Hand’ – CUC academic research (see links page, paper
available). Lizard, Cornwall
2008 ‘Falmouth Gallery Babies project’ – 2 year public art commission


Heritage lottery funded (see press page, paper available). Falmouth, Cornwall
2007 ‘Spontaneous Combustion 2’ Public art project undertaken with Lisa Stewart
and Joanna Forsyth, Cornwall College, CUC academic research, European Funding,
Arts Council (see links page, paper available). St Ives, Cornwall

2006 Creative Skills PD grant for Website design sponsorship
2006 ‘Spontaneous Combustion 1’ Public art project undertaken with Lisa Stewart
and Joanna Forsyth, Cornwall College, CUC Academic Research (see links page,
paper available). Lizard, Cornwall


2005 Creative Skills PD grant for research trip – ‘Dispelling the Myth’ London
2004 ‘Burning Issues’ CUC academic research fund (paper available), Lizard
2000 ‘A New Way of Looking at Form and Surface in ceramic’

A project undertaken with Peter Smith, Cornwall College academic research fund (paper available).

1998 Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Post 16).

1997 Shortlisted for Crafts Council setting up grant.
1996-1997 ‘Low fired simulated sawdust firing’ – Research assistant to Peter Smith, Falmouth College of Art Research Award, Ceramic Review (issue No 163).
1996 1st class BA (Hon’s) in Studio Ceramics + 1st class Dissertation award for ‘A Deconstruction of Women’s Daily Lives’, featuring Bobby Baker performance artist and the seven virtues (Pilgrims Progress). (Copy available, UCF library).
1996 ‘Setting Out’ – CPA panel selected UK graduate show, Conran range
displayed at Craftsman Potters Association, London
1996 ‘What’s Brewing’? Top UK graduates selected show, Art Connoisseur Gallery
1995 Ceramic Contempories 2 – Our 3 Rubber spouted Teapots were one of 60
exhibits selected from 3.000 undergraduate/post graduate submissions
Conran range, Styles & Ward) Victoria and Albert Museum, London
1995 Society of Designer Craftsmen – Now lapsed, but a memorable interview by
Kenneth Clarke at Dickensian head office. London
1993 Dartington Trust Fund – Cash award with the proviso that I would put my
practice back into the community, which I believe I have done manifold. Totnes,
1962 National art competition. I won the South East junior heat with a jungle painting (paint box prize presented by Tony Hart on a portable stage at Bentall’s).
Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey



2008 Falmouth Gallery Babies project, 2 year art project, Heritage lottery, Cornwall

2007 The Gregg Museum of Folk Art – Requested gift of ceramics, NC, USA
2006 Hidden Art Curated – 21st century interpretation of 19th Century decorative jug for Godolphin House. Lizard, Cornwall
2006 Sand Rose Trust Tiles – 6 assembled tiles for bereaved children’s cottages. Marazion, Cornwall
2005 Redruth Hospital – 6 tile panels for display in new mental health wards, Redruth, Cornwall
2004 Godolphin Arms Ceramic triptych for restaurant overlooking St Michaels Mount. Marazion, Cornwall
1997 Frame Warehouse Piazza – Total redesign and refurbishment. Penryn, Cornwall
1996 Chris Neal Design Ltd ceramic mural – large-scale architectural project, relief sections 6’x 6’ based on industrial/natural landscape/seascape. Truro, Cornwall
1995 Sir Terence Conran, range of tableware for Michelin House, London
1994 Tate Gallery Undergraduate commission with Lubna Chowdhary. St Ives


Publications and press

2013 ‘Contemporary Tableware’’, (Conran breakfast range inclusion), Linda Bloomfield. Published by Robert Hale (Jan)
2010 ‘Advanced Pottery’, (Surface image inclusion), Linda Bloomfield. Published by Robert Hale (Oct)
2009 Art – A-Z Degrees – Getting Into University, The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/student/into-university/az-degrees/art-1630750.html
2009 ‘Wild Mums find Art’ – Guardian Society, Heritage Lottery funded project


2009 ‘History in the Making’ Inside Cornwall, Aug, issue number 188
2008 ‘Submersive Figures’ Artcornwall
2008 ‘In the Studio’ Inside Cornwall, Sept 177
2008 ‘Submersive Figures’ Cornwall Culture review by Cath Wallace, August
2008 ‘Children’s tiles help build the future of Falmouth’ – Falmouth Packet, June
2006 ‘Catch this’ Daily Telegraph, May
2006 ‘On the crest of a new Arts Wave’ – The Observer, Nov
2006,‘Open Studios Cornwall’ – Daily Telegraph Travel Supplement
2004 ‘The History of Studio Pottery’ Inside Cornwall, Jan, issue number 117
2003 ‘Burning Issues’ Cornwall Today, Nov, issue number 115
2003 ‘Linda Styles’

Published to accompany the exhibition at Tate St Ives 25 Oct. 2003 – 25 Jan 2004.

A catalogue record for this publication is available from the British Library, library of congress number 2003111554, copyright Tate Trustees 2003 all rights reserved

2000 ‘A New Way of Looking at Form and Surface’ CUC academic research fund
1998 ‘British Studio Potters’ Marks’, E. Yates-Owen and R. Fournier – ongoing
1997 ‘Bonfire Brilliance’, Low Fire Simulated Sawdust Firing’ Ceramic Review (163)
1996 ‘Hot Seat’ Cornwall Today, December


Selected Exhibitions:

2017/18 Imagine, Falmouth Municipal Gallery, Cornwall

2015 RED (The Other Clay), Trelowarren, Cornwall
2015 The gallery at Bevere, (Featured maker), Worcester

2014 Brilliant Colour, Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall

2014 Cornwall Ceramics Trail (St Ives Festival)

2012 23rd Bakers Dozen, Round House Gallery, Derbyshire

2012 Showcase, Oriel Wrexham, Wales

2012 Cornwall: A Celebration, Bevere Gallery, Worcester

2010 Winter Show, Ferrers Gallery, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leicestershire

2010 Spring Exhibition Richard Hagen Fine Art, Worcestershire

2010 Paintings and Ceramics, Majlis Gallery, UAE

2010 A Mixed Bunch, Falmouth Municipal Gallery, Cornwall

2009 Around Britain’s Coastline, Richard Hagen, Worcestershire

2009 Autumn Exhibition, Gallerysca, Shrewsbury

2009 Darwin – Species, Falmouth Municipal Gallery, Cornwall

2009 Beyond the Surface, Galanthus Gallery, Herefordshire

2009 Christmas Show, Wetpaint Gallery, Cirencester

2009 Emma Jeffrey’s/Linda Styles, The New Craftsman, St Ives, Cornwall

2009 Spring Exhibition, Hadfield Fine Art, Cheltenham

2008 Christmas Show, Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall

2008 Solo Show, New Street Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall

2008 Focus, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland

2008 Linda Styles/Trevor Price, Printmaker’s Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2008 Christmas Show, Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall

2008 Eye-To-Eye, Object-To-Object, North Carolina, USA

2007 Linda Styles/Paul Wadsworth, Camden Gallery, Gloustershire

2007 3 Alchemists, Hill House Gallery, Yorkshire

2007 Function? Solo Show, Over the Moon, St Agnes, Cornwall

2006 Curated, Hidden Art, Godolphin House, Helston, Cornwall

2006 Daphne McClure, Linda Styles, Dave Symons Newlyn Orion

2006 Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey, Devon

2005 Linda Styles/Paul Wadsworth, Badcock’s Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall

2005 Bristol Affordable Art Fair, Bristol

2001 The Beach, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire

1996 Makers from Cornwall, 3D Gallery, Bristol


My favorite testimonials


“I’d love to be an atom, to take a walk in that wilderness: through halls of molten colours…”

Cat Milne 2014


“Enjoying your work, it holds reverence and without twittering on it’s a chaotic comfort that needs no convincing… me likes”.

Banksy 2008


“Linda Styles paintings and ceramics are instantly recognizable, created in a style that is uniquely her own. There is a dynamic tension between figurative and abstract elements of her work, which often contain intriguing undertones. Linda is one of the most exciting artists working in Cornwall today”

The late Brian Stewart, Director and Curator, Falmouth Art Gallery 2007

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