Linda Newman Boughton
Linda Newman Boughton is a Hudson Valley based artist who makes inspired fine art while making commissioned artwork for the motion picture and television industries. Her recent work is an exciting return to her first love - drawing. Taking historical portraits of Civil War soldiers and generals and baroque landscape images she is making dynamic drawings with a ball point pen creating unique drawings that at a distance have an etching feel to them but upon closer inspection, they yield a wildly expressive work of art that puts the drawings into a decisively contemporary and somewhat pop-art place. Her ball point pen landscape drawings are also a recent addition to her portfolio, selling two to Lynda and Stuart Resnik's private collection in Los Angeles at the close of 2013.
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Civil War Soldiers
The Civil War drawings were my first ballpoint pen drawings and inspired from a dream I had while briefly living in China. The dream had me leaving an exhibit of art which I loved and I awoke sketching an image of one of the works of art so I could remember what I dreamt the next day. All I could make out in my memory was three figures in old fashioned clothing standing under a tree. A few days later I happened upon a book of photographs from the Civil War taken by Mathew Brady and decided to thumb through. As I flipped through pages of images I stopped abruptly on an image of three soldiers standing under a tree. It struck me as being the image I saw in my dream. I began looking closer at the photos and knew I had to draw these men and try to capture the expressions on their faces daring to share whatever I could of their amazing lives as soldiers. Not being a believer in war I was surprised by my need to draw them and found the experience quite emotional for me.
Linda grew up in an artistic and theatrical family in Tampa, Florida. Drawing and painting always felt effortless and fun for her. Acting and designing in theatre also made up much of her early years. Her first choice in higher education was at Florida State University where she was a theatre major and had an art minor. At the University drawing skills were emphasized, and with a love of drawing people, she found herself in a fashion illustration class, loving every minute of it. Within a year of taking that class, she taught a summer fashion illustration course at Florida State University, and soon made her move to New York City where she attended the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, graduating Cum Laude, with a degree in fashion illustration.
She worked in the fashion industry for the next several years, illustrating, designing accessories and shooting freelance photography. Her love of acting and design soon propelled her to seek out Hollywood and the creative opportunities of working in the movie industry.
Within in a year Linda was working as a lead scenic artist painting sets and murals for feature films. On a feature called: Wes Craven's New Nightmare- Nightmare on Elm Street VII, there was a need for a Warhol styled triptych and she knew she could paint it- even though she hadn't painted a canvas in almost 10 years. The film ended up needing many paintings and she painted every one. Each was a different style, and she learned something new about herself in the process. She could paint any style and she had a sharp eye for reproduction painting. She went on to create artwork for movies and television, painting whatever was asked of her in whatever style was needed, and was learning to really see as an artist sees, and gaining confidence in herself as a painter along the way. Her work has been seen in several feature films in the past such as: NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET VII, FIGHT CLUB, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, DEJA VU and Television's DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES AND WILL AND GRACE. She has work in the upcoming MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS (starring Russell Crowe) and Johnny Depp's THE LONE RANGER.
A self taught painter and lover of portraiture, Linda has exhibited her paintings at The James Grey Gallery at Bergamot Station and has been in several group shows in Los Angeles, a couple at The Long Beach Museum and a juried show at The Chautauqua Institute in New York.
Davenport and Shapiro Fine Art East Hampton, NY July - October 2012
Eckerd College St. Petersburg, FL The 10th Anniversary Invited Artists Exhibit January - March 2012
1078 Gallery Chico, CA September 2011
The Happening Gallery Los Angeles, CA Group Show September 2010
Strohl Art Center / Chautauqua Institute Chautauqua, New York Juried Show June - July 2010
James Gray Gallery at Bergamot Station Santa Monica, CA 2009
Gallery 800 Los Angeles, CA Group Show 2009
Art Salon Washington DC 2009
MJ Higgins Gallery Los Angeles, CA Group Show 2008
The Long Beach Museum of Art Long Beach, CA Group Show - Art Auction X 2005
The Long Beach Museum of Art Long Beach, CA Group Show - Art Auction IX 2003
ART WORK FOR MOVIES ART WORK FOR TV
The Man with the Iron Fists Up All Night
The Lone Ranger Hemlock Grove
Beautiful Creatures Big Love
Savages Desperate Housewives
Water For Elephants Will and Grace
Jonah Hex Access Hollywood
Eagle Eye Various pilots
Starsky and Hutch
The Crow - City of Angels
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Austin Powers- The Spy who Shagged Me
Wes Craven’s New Nightmareb - Nightmare on Elm Street VII
One Fine Day
Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix, AZ
The Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Phoenix, AZ
Many private residents in the Los Angeles area
My murals have been featured in magazines such as:
Architectural Digest, Child Magazine and Palm Springs Life.
Several paintings in the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Collection