" Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
~ Edgar Degas
I have always dreamed of having a meeting place where I could share my love for art with
others. A place where I would showcase unique and timeless art.
I believe art gives a home that spacial touch which makes it a home! This believe inspired me to start my atelier where I offer a Collection of abstract and expressionist paintings and drawings by Adrian G. Linden.
I started Linden Arts Atelier in January 2017. Until then I had been keeping few hundred
paintings stored away in a storage box, or in our dark attic at home, for almost 30 years.
Getting a few years older I began to realised it was time to do something with the legacy that my late husband, Adrian Linden, had left behind.
Now, almost thirty years later, I felt ready to share them with my friends, family, and anyone appreciative of art and sensitive to art and beauty. I see it as a tribute to Adrian’s memory. My main concern is to find happy homes for Adrian's work.
Linden Arts Atelier is located in s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. It is a very homely, cosy, and accessible place with a collection of unique and original paintings.
The idea behind the home atelier is simply to share the pleasure of experiencing art, in its most pure form, in a very humble and homely environment.
The Atelier has a laid back atmosphere and is a very informal place where you can come in and look at some original and very authentic paintings and drawings by Adrian Linden.
So please don't be shy to come for a visit!
Linden Arts Atelier, Buitenhaven 80, s-Hertogenbosch
Most of the paintings are painted in acrylic paint. They are considered more flexible and resistant to ageing. Which means less cracks. But they gather dirt and dust more easily. And since they had been kept away for a long period of time, exhibiting them required a lot of cleaning, preparation, hard work, and workmanship.
Untitled acrylic paint 100x100 cm
Paintings stored in the storage box and attic room for the last 28 years
Icon acrylic paint 100X100 cm
Nude acrylic paint with gold leaf 50 x70 cm
Untitled acrylic and mixed materials
But with the total support and tremendous help of my dear partner, Harry, they were now finally ready to be exhibited.
Adrian G. Linden (1936-1989) was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
In 1958 he left for Sydney, Australia. After a year in Sydney he moved to Brisbane where he met the famous portrait artist Andrew Sibley.
While living in Brisbane he started his carrier as a expressionist painter.
During his stay in Australia and Asia, Adrian held many exhibitions in various countries.
His works were shown in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, London, Tourettes sur Loup, Valletta,Tehran, Ryad, and Munich.
14 years old Adrian with his mother in Rotterdam
Adrian at a writer's gala in Sidney, Australia
Adrian in his twenties in Sidney, Australia
I met Adrian at a friend's house in London. Her husband, Brian, worked for Channel 4 at that time and he was helping Adrian getting his musical "Grass" on a stage in the West End. I'd just finished my study and was living and working in London.
Adrian was a very charismatic and unforgettable person, bursting with energy and enthusiasm about art and life and .......
We were married within a week in a an anglican chapel in Knightsbridge, London.
After four years travelling and living in various places in Europe we moved to Tehran, Iran, where Adrian continued his work successfully as an artist.
However, after a few successful years, we were unexpectedly confronted with an unpredictable situation in 1979. It was the start of a turbulent year in Tehran. And although there were no reasons for us to leave, we decided to look for a more peaceful surroundings to live!
In the midst of conflict and unrest, and after the downfall of the Pahlavi dynasty,
we left Iran, leaving most of Adrian's paintings behind!
Back in peaceful Holland, Adrian started to paint again. Now, none stop and franticly, as if wanting to forget all the atrocities and the destruction we had witnessed during the 1979 revolution in Tehran, Iran!
Tehran, Iran 1975
Adrian found his inspiration in such themes as nature, time, historical and current events.
He worked mostly with acrylic paint and experimented with natural element, using gold leaf and silver on canvas and other materials such as wood, paper, glass, and to many people's surprises, polystyrene as substitute for canvas.
In the years to come he had several exhibitions in Rosmalen, Versailles, s-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven en Waalwijk.
Around Nice, South of France
Here is a short list of some of Adrian Linden's exhibitions:
Bribane Australia 1961
Sydney '' 1962 London England 1973
Sydney " 1963 London " 1974
Canberra " 1964 Tehran Iran 1975
Melbourne " 1965 Tehran " 1976
Sydney " 1966 Tehran* " 1977
Mexico City Mexico 1967 Tehran " 1978
Tourette France 1968 Rosmalen Netherlands 1984
London England. 1969 Den Bosch " 1984
Sydney Australia 1970 Eindhoven " 1985
Sydney " 1971 Waalwijk. " 1985
Sydney " 1972 Versailles France. 1986
* Private collection Empress Farah