Linda Pickering's recent works are part of an ongoing exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of within the context of abstraction. She is interested in how a single decision can lead a work on a path going in one direction, leaving others undiscovered. Pickering explores the idea of alternative outcomes by using the same set of parameters for the first and each subsequent painting, such as a restricted colour palette and simple organic and geometric shapes. By prioritising intuition over structured planning, the works are allowed to develop organically, each work responding to its predecessor. This painting is therefore one variation of many possible outcomes.
Living in the city and walking through it every day is a mixture of chaos and calm, but there is no shortage of inspiration. Pickering loves the sharp geometry of modern buildings, the ornate details on older structures and the soft organic shapes of city green areas. Colour and pattern in random objects and what people are wearing, catch the artist's eye and will find their way into her work. Painting is a way of subconsciously sorting this visual chaos into some sort of meaningful order.
Recent exhibitions include
2019 Redux, Red Gallery, Melbourne 2018 Construct, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne; Edge, Langford 120, Melbourne; Redux, Tacit Galleries 2017 Insights, Tacit Contemporary, Melbourne; Cruciforms, Langford 120 2010 Second Thoughts, Pigment Gallery, Melbourne 2008 New Paintings, Red Gallery 2006 New Works, Red Gallery 2003 New Works, Red Gallery 2002 Consecutive Thoughts, Red Gallery
2020 20, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2018 Of Colour and Light, WestEnd Art Space, Melbourne; A peripatetic view, Langford 120, Melbourne; St Kevin's College Art Show, Melbourne; AbstractionTwentyEighteen, Langford 120 2010 Black and White (shades of grey), Carbon Black Gallery, Melbourne 2009 The Shilo Project, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne; Belle Arti Award, Chapman & Bailey, Melbourne