Linda Hillringhouse

Nesting Dolls, 2008, gouache/acrylic on paper, 18” x 24”

Linda Hillringhouse is a self-taught painter who has shown her work at the Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; Paterson Museum, Paterson NJ; Ben Shahn Center for Visual Arts, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ; Weinstein Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ; Belskie Museum, Closter, NJ; Intermezzo Gallery at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ; Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, among other venues. Her work is included in the Hamilton Club Art Collection, Paterson, NJ. She was selected for inclusion in the 20th Century Self-Taught Artists Archive Collection at The Museum of American Folk Art, NY, NY.

Artist’s Statement

I come out of a folk tradition, as I am self-taught. 

My work contains a theatrical/psychological motif: the feeling that something happened, is trying to happen, or will happen – externally or internally -- or in a dream. 

The figures display themselves in imaginary landscapes or interiors. They appear to be self-conscious actors who know something the artist doesn’t. They reflect surprise, a kind of gawky bemusement, and, perhaps, a touch of dread at finding themselves painted into existence.

They seem to struggle to become fully conscious and to feel at home in their bodies and in their surroundings. They seem stunned by the miraculous visible world but somehow know they are bound to the invisible world. It seems my paintings occur on the border between these worlds.