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Current Exhibition

Ashley Cooper's Images from a Warming Planet

Exhibition open until December 31st

This Exhibition has now closed.


Linda Ryle was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She trained at Goldsmiths School of Art, London in the 1960's. She lives in Cockermouth and is married to the painter Julian Cooper.

The exhibition brings together work from the 1970's to the present day. Some of the pieces on show are samples of the painted leather belts which Linda designed and produced. This covered the period mainly from 1974 to 1983. The work was mostly sold in London, but also New York and the South of France. 

In 1983, she resumed painting. Her main subject matter was animals, in particular cats, but also farm animals too. It was also around this time that Linda began to publish cards of some of the paintings, which over the years amounted to 26 subjects plus 2 prints. All the animal paintings were signed by Linda Cooper, but as early as 1984 she was making paintings which did not fit into that category: for instance a series of small canvasses based on dreams, having become immersed in the ideas of Carl Jung, the analytical psychologist.

By the end of the 1980's some paintings involved figures and these could be seen as a bridge between the animal paintings and the work that was to follow. 

Linda's first solo show as Linda Ryle was in 2004 at the Percy House Gallery in Cockermouth where Julian and Linda are now living, having moved from Ambleside in 2002. The paintings of trees, rivers and becks had begun in the late 1990's, inspired by the sound and movement of wind through the leaves and branches, sunlight on pebbles, the drag and flow of reeds. 

The house in Cockermouth, built in 1712, has many old features - beams, spice cupboards and worn cellar steps. These became a new source of inspiration, which Linda has been developing over the last 10 years. Using objects - often ancient - in carefully chosen settings to capture fleeting moments in time where they are transformed by light and shadow. Last year Linda exhibited 16 of these paintings at the Association of Jungian Analysts in North London.

Exhibitions since 2011: 

In 2012, ten of Linda's paintings were included in the exhibition - 
Heaton Cooper: A Family of Artists 1863 - 2012 at the Gallery at Rheged, Cumbria.

In September 2013, Linda had a solo exhibition of new work - 
The Crucible and Other Paintings at the Percy House Gallery in Cockermouth, Cumbria.

In 2014, two of Linda's paintings were included in the exhibition - 
Open Up North at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, Cumbria.

More recently, in 2015, Linda held a solo exhibition - 
Subterranean Workings at the Association of Jungian Analysts, Swiss Cottage, Hampstead, London... 

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