Linda Farquharson

“I still get a thrill every time I lift the paper”.

Linda Farquharson creates art of whimsical lyricism.  Hers is a distinctive graphic style of pared down compositions and delight in pattern making, contrasting the monochrome qualities of relief printmaking with the evocative possibilities of colour.  A gentle humour pervades much of her work: lolloping hares; a worm tugged from the earth; a coy Eve with her apple; the last leaf on an autumnal tree; mermaids arranged like sardines in a can.  She is an instinctive ‘makar’: storytelling is at the heart of her work and she draws on motifs and inspiration distilled from a childhood growing up on an Aberdeenshire farm.  Reflecting a time when rural life was marked by tradition - the farming and church calendars punctuated by festivals, picnics and flower shows, ponies, the tattie harvest, spying out birds’ nests and local seaside holidays – Linda’s work reveals a profound love of nature, leavened by the quirks of humanity.

Linda studied Illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, graduating B A (Hons) in 1986.  She specialised in relief printmaking and continues to work primarily with lino printing and wood engraving.  For many years she worked as a commercial artist based in Edinburgh, while also exhibiting her prints nationally.  Recent commissions include W B Yeats’ Irish Fairy and Folk Tales (for The Folio Society 2007) and Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of The Lake (for The Association for Scottish Literary Studies 2010).  Now based in Highland Perthshire, her work remains infused with the outdoor world and inspiration is never very far from her back door.  A recent series of prints features birds in flight, experimenting with repeat elements through collage and cut-out techniques.


Selected Exhibitions

The Earth Goddess, The Rowley Gallery, London
The Line Gallery, Linlithgow
The Castle Gallery, Inverness
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne
McGill Duncan Gallery, Castle Douglas
Chapel Row Gallery, Bath
Frames Gallery, Perth
The Line Gallery, Linlithgow
Bianco Nero Gallery, Stokesley
Studio One Gallery, Edinburgh
Mansfield Park Gallery, Glasgow
Broughton Gallery, Broughton
Paper Tiger, Edinburgh
The Castle Gallery, Inverness
Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
Thompsons Gallery, London
The Strathearn Gallery, Crieff
The Line Gallery, Linlithgow
The City Art Gallery, Leicester
Panter & Hall, London
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Frames Gallery, Perth
Broughton Gallery, Broughton
Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow

  • Autumn Posy by Linda Farquharson
  • Bird Cherry by Linda Farquharson
  • Bird House by Linda Farquharson
  • Birds by Linda Farquharson
  • Butterflies & Birds by Linda Farquharson
  • Crow Wedding by Linda Farquharson
  • Homebird by Linda Farquharson
  • March Hare by Linda Farquharson
  • Mister Fox by Linda Farquharson
  • Nightingale's Song by Linda Farquharson
  • Nut Squirrel by Linda Farquharson
  • Party Tree by Linda Farquharson
  • Song For The Moon by Linda Farquharson
  • Song Of The Goddess by Linda Farquharson
  • The Earth Goddesss by Linda Farquharson
  • The Flowering by Linda Farquharson
  • The Nine Maidens by Linda Farquharson
  • The Witch Hare by Linda Farquharson
  • Tree Of Life by Linda Farquharson