Jess Linton - Artist and Art Therapist

Jess Linton is a London-based visual artist and art therapist. Her artwork aims to playfully explore the world and its many guises, (human) behaviours, personal and collective experiences. Her collage work attempts to tickle the senses and immerse the viewer in the experience of stepping in to and amongst the scenes before them. She also does a lot of work within the human rights and refugee sector.  

Jess’s work focuses on difference and diversity – experimenting with placing characters from all walks of time and place alongside kaleidoscope colours and bold design. She looks for ways to bring difference together to a place where it belongs side-by-side rather than conflicts. Her work often explores the solace found in a fantasy place and plays with the surreal, humour  and metaphor. This collection literally explores human behaviours, our ‘inner animals’ and animal instincts.  

Jess  collects  old magazines and papers, fabrics, family photos, (bought) postcards from women in Scarborough she’s never even met. Which comes across in her work.

Someone said to me the other day after looking at my latest work: “I think I might see how your mind works now.”  Given the chaotic collection of dizzy-making designs, loud colours and pouncing animals should I be a bit concerned? Never a dull moment, that's for sure!

I spoke with Jess about what influences her art: “On a broad scale people influence me! As does the way we interact with each other and with different spaces and places. I love collage artist David Mach for his lively assemblage of everyday scenes, Hannah Hoche for her humorous exploration of visual culture and her challenging of society and politics and Romare Bearden for his brave raw and unique style.

I am also interested in textiles, pattern and print design from all around the world and all areas of industry, whether from William Morris, Orla Kiely, an African kitenge or Indian Sari. Spending time wandering around the V&A museum is still one of my favourite things to do. I like the simplicity that modern artists like Mondrian present but that offer more layers of meaning than first meets the eye. And I think about the use of abstract and collective images and what images represent for different cultures and social groups.”

Her prints  have  a similar theme running through them, though they are all varied, unique and colourful. I’m excited about receiving my Twighlight print which features a brilliant array of geometric pattern with some brilliant white swans in flight.

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Elizabeth Danon is an interior designer with a passion for integrating vintage pieces into modern interiors. She works at a London based architects practice and in her spare time writes about all things interior design; from luxury spas and lighting to floral arrangements and local artists.