I describe my work as figurative abstraction, but I love the idea of it looking a bit like minimalist work, because there is an expectation that it involves a removed, intellectual exploration. Within this framework there are things that intrude upon expectations, like a candy color, or a shape that is uncomfortably familiar, or a sensual tactile quality, taking the work from an idealism into the minutia of the everyday.
I am taken with the idea of an artist working with a heroic, classical format like the torso, and it becoming a vessel that holds an approach, a mix of sensations, or a lifetime of perspectives. While I diverge into other figurative elements, I always return to the torso and breast, looking at shape and form, but also (in the last several years) skin – freckles and spots – markings lying on and under the surface. The idea of a grandiose artistic endeavor involving something personal or private (a bulge or fold, a group of freckles) is a great intersection for me.
Artist Bio / CV
Linda Vredeveld is an abstract figurative painter whose work has been exhibited in Chicago, St. Louis, Albuquerque as well as other cities in the Midwest. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, she graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and received her M. F. A. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Most recently her work was featured in a solo exhibition at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, in “Think Small” at the Illinois State Museum, a group show featuring small works by Illinois artists, and at The University of Missouri - St. Louis’s Gallery 210 in the “Exposure 8” exhibition. Her work has been reviewed in The Chicago Reader, Dialogue, The Chicago Tribune, and The St. Louis Post Dispatch. Her work has been represented by Locus Gallery in St. Louis, and Chicago galleries Gescheidle, Lyons Weir, and Gwenda Jay.
Vredeveld lives in Alton with her husband, Eric Shultis, also an artist, and their two children, Arlo and Zora. She is an adjunct professor at St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley.