Linda Brill



My recent work has mainly focussed on a contemporary treatment of still life, using traditional oil painting techniques.

The still life paintings begin with setting up a single object, or a selection of objects in natural light, or inside an open ended box, casting deep shadows from which the subject emerges. These can be anything from fruit or flowers, to junk shop finds chosen for their usefulness or decorative qualities, or items of personal significance. I work in oil in a traditional way, using layered glazes, representing the colours, textures and weight of the objects but the images themselves are of today - familiar, ordinary, but also beautiful.


In contrast to my paintings I also draw using charcoal. The subject matter differs, in that the work focusses on the world outside the studio, places visited and captured through the camera lens, to be reworked into scenes imbued with atmosphere and dark intensity. As with my paintings, the charcoal is built up, layer by layer with fixing inbetween, creating deep velvety blacks.





1956Born Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales
1974-1975Bath Academy of Art
1975-1979Cardiff College of Art. BA Hons Fine Art
1979-1984Technician Newport Art College, Art History Dept
1988-1990Image Directory, Illustration Agency
1984-1987South Square Gallery Exhibition Organiser
1990-1995IOU Theatre Company, Administrator
from 1995 - 2022Finishing School - Decorative Arts Workshop Organiser and Design Shop Manager

Having worked in the arts and arts administration for over thirty years, I started painting and drawing again a few years ago. I have now had four solo shows and taken part in many group and mixed exhibitions. I am a gallery artist at Water Street Gallery in Todmorden and a Studio Artist at Dean Clough in Halifax. I am also an Associate Member of MAFA (Manchester Academy of Fine Arts).

My work is in private collections in Britain and Europe.


Exhibition History

2023'I Know What I Like' Dean Clough Studio Artists Dean Clough Galleries
2022-2023The Darkness and the Light Water Street Dallery
2022Manchester Academy Of Fine Arts (MAFA) Stockport Art Gallery
2022Still Life - Mute Objects of Expression Water Street Gallery
2021-2022SHOWCASE 100 invited Northern artists. Dean Clough Galleries
2021-2022Small Works and Modern Bestiary Shows Water Street Gallery
2019-2020In Natural Light Solo Exhibition Dean Clough Galleries
2019Exhibiting Artist, Solo show, Staithes Festival of Arts
2018Exhibiting Artist, Solo show, Staithes Festival of Arts
2017/18View Gallery Featured artist. Winter Exhibition Thames Ditton
2017/18Winter Small Works and Postcard Art Water Street Gallery
2017/18Calderdale Open 2017
2017Exhibiting Artist, Solo show, Staithes Festival of Arts
2017Eclectic Art Guest Artist Margate
2017Artweek Holmfirth
2017Invited Artist Inspired by...Gallery Past and Present North York Moors Gallery, Danby
2016Small Works Winter Show and Art in a CD Case exhibitions, Water Street Gallery
2016Exhibiting Artist, Solo show, Staithes Festival of Arts
2016A Small Exhibition of Small Works Water Street Gallery
2016Calderdale Open Art Exhibition Bankfield Museum Halifax
2016Solo Exhbition 'Reverie' Spotlight Gallery Dean Clough Galleries
2015Solo Exhibition 'Contemporary Still Life and Other Stories' Water Street Gallery
2014Art in a CD Case Water Street Gallery
2014Small Works Show Water Street
2014Calderdale Open Art Exhibition Prizewinner
2014Garden of Earthly Delights Water Street Gallery
2014Drawn To It Water street Gallery
2013Small Works Show Water Street Gallery
2014Quietude Solo Show Dean Clough Galleries
2013Calderdale Open Art Exhibition Prizewinner
2013Dean Clough Studio Artists, Dean Clough Galleries
2012Calderdale Open Art Exhibition
2012Fresh Faces Exhibition, Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse
2011Christmas Exhibition, Dean Clough Galleries
2011Drawings, Viaduct Cafe Gallery, Dean Clough Halifax
2011Prizewinner Calderdale Open Exhibition, Piece Hall, Halifax
2010Summer Exhibition Dean Clough Galleries
2008Dean Clough Galleries, Viaduct Cafe Gallery. Drawings, paintings and photographs
1985Dean Clough Galleries. Four Private Views with Gerda Roper, Tony Turner and Harry Holland
1985South Square Gallery, Bradford. Four Private Views with Gerda Roper, Tony Turner and Harry Holland
1983Cleveland International Drawing Biennale. UK Touring Exhibition
1975Stowells Trophy Exhibition, Royal Academy. National Student exhibition.