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Artist: Linda Atkins

 

Linda Atkins’ paintings express female sensuality and glamour with vibrant, lusciously painted lips that are often enjoying the sweet virtues of sucking on a lollipop.  Filled with whimsy, fantasy, and fun, Linda’s paintings incorporate a myriad of familiar, provocative subjects and objects.   In 2017 Linda Trademarked “All American Lollipop” conceived to capture gestures of joy, pleasure as an overall theme for this genre of her paintings.

 

Artists Tom Wesselman, Alex Katz, and Marilyn Minter have been inspiring influences embracing sensual pleasure with simplicity of line, detail, and bold use of color.  Linda works with acrylic paint and in her unique style incorporates the use of resin to enhance the lollipop’s surface glow.  She applies this challenging technique in her Marilyn Monroe series of Sunglass paintings which are highly reflective with additional submerging gemstones to create shimmering effects.  Linda continually explores new techniques.

 

Graduating from San Jose State University, Linda continued her education at UCLA in Interior Design. She had a successful interior design business for many years in Beverly Hills.  Further studies in art include The Art Students League, Otis Art Institute, private studies with artists Barbara Hagar, Tom Wudl, and Kwok Wei Lau.

 

Linda’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Art Museum, Archangel Gallery, Ruth Bachofner Gallery and has participated in numerous juried art shows, most recently in the upcoming Artists Council “Reflections 2020”. 

Artist Statement:  Linda Atkins

All American Lollipop series

 

“All American Lollipop is a whimsical series of my paintings showcasing vibrant red lips sucking on lollipops while incorporating a myriad of familiar and surprising subjects and objects.  Current themes in life include symbols and images of the American Flag painted in bright colors offering visions of lips surrounding lollipops as they have never been seen or tasted before.  Lollipops will never be the same.

 

Artist Statement:  Linda Atkins

 

Why Lollipops you ask?  Lollipops are a sweet treat.  Enjoying a lollipop awakens and arouses the natural sucking sensation that is the most primal reflex.  These elements and pleasurable sensations continue throughout our lives and give way to this thematic objective of my paintings. Having fun with it all is paramount to this experience.

 

Artist Statement:  Linda Atkins

 

Captured images of Marilyn Monroe are reflected in gemstone encrusted sunglasses that evoke sensuality and glamour while visually offering special moments in her life.  I became interested in the reflection of images while painting in my mirror-walled studio in Los Angeles. I was salivating over a Tootsie Roll lollipop and noticed my reflection in the mirror.  This image was the foundation of my becoming

Intrigued by reflection and incorporating the use of resin in my paintings to achieve this effect.  The Marilyn Monroe Sunglass paintings

are examples of this intrigue and have also been the subject of my paintings, including reflections of Forever Marilyn, which will be returning to Palm Springs.

 

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