Originally from the UK Lynda Stevens has been living and working on a freelance basis in Budapest, Hungary since 2000, after first having worked there as a teacher in 1996.
She was born in 1959 in Southampton, England and originally graduated with a degree in English/Italian literature from the University of Warwick in 1981 – at a time where there were 500 graduates to 1 job. As a result Stevens’s career took a rather more circuitous route than otherwise – this did include devoting a lot more time to the creative path. A series of colour drawings on paper had originally been embarked upon as a spare-time activity from the age of 19 and to begin with, on a purely self-taught basis. However, in the mid 1980’s Stevens did also attend two two-year, part-time courses. The first involved a diploma in drawing and painting at the Leamington College of FE, Leamington Spa, where she was introduced to the rigours of life drawing, still-life drawing and painting, alongside having the opportunity to experiment with a much wider range of media including etching, airbrush painting, charcoal and acrylics. The second course lead to a certificate in Craft Materials from Coventry University, where media ranging from metal to ceramics and textiles were explored.
Nowadays Stevens’s artwork consists of abstract mixed-media collage pieces, some on paper, using a bastardised marbling technique, onto which squares or triangles of other materials are added. Canvas or board are also used to create other, bigger compositions using glass fragments, treated fabric, polystyrene, metal foil and wax. In both cases, Stevens endeavours to create highly textured pieces that capture light through the interplay of opaque and reflective surfaces, so that many of her works completed may present a very different impression on the viewer, depending on how they are viewed.
The colour drawings shown here on the other hand make use purely of the language of pattern and colour.
Finally, here is a link to the Artist’s Statement.
Vad Kiállítás: Exhibition of Wild Artists
These take place monthly at different venues within the city, usually at ruin pubs and are one-nightly, featuring works if both local and foreign artists
Cafe Vian March 2016, newer works hosted for one month
Váci Utca 48 Galéria: Group exhibition of life drawing works and assorted pieces, organised by Peter Fekete
Kredenc Bisztró, Rottenbiller Utca November 2015, hosted via MoMo, ‘Pearl of Great Price’s solo exhibition of recent works
November 27th 2014 Müszi Cultural Centre Blaha Luiza Square 1 Budapest: ‘Now and Then’ titled solo exhibition of larger mixed-media works, showing both most recent and older works, on view till the 5th December.
September 12 Ékezet Galéria Hajos Utica 41 Budapest: Golden Topographies Solo Exhibition – presenting a collection of new mixed-media pieces on canvas as well as on paper.
There is a small number of pieces on view at venues connected to the Jancso Gallery, at Kazinszky Utca 30. Currently this includes exhibitions put on at the Szimpla Kert, one of the most well-known ruin pubs of Budapest and sometimes considered to be a hub of an ‘alternative’ scene, both expat and local.
Group exhibition at several venues with the ‘A Duna Az Jön’ exhibition, aimed to raised charity for the damage done by flooding from the Danube in 2013.
Gyozdu Udvar, Café Vian Budapest, solo exhibition via Arteon.hu – subsequently this work was shown at several other venues within the city via this organisation.
Picasso Point Kavézó, solo exhibition July 2010, mixed-media Pieces via the Memento Mori Foundation.
‘Regeneration’ Solo Exhibition at the Peter Mansfield Gallery, Budapest XX1, Hungary, June 2009.
Budapest Művelődési Központ District 11: ‘Pearl in the Oyster’ Solo exhibition of mixed-media pieces, July 1998.
Vác: Solo exhibition of current works at the Vác Gallery, Budapest, 2002
Brighton: Bear Cave Gallery, participating in several group exhibitions from 1994-1996.
Coventry: took part and exhibited in several group exhibitions with the Hillfields Artist’s Group from 982-1992. Two solo exhibitions at the Spon Street Art Shop Gallery, Coventry: ‘Vistas,’ 1989, ‘Magma’ 1992.
Slides of two sketchbooks, created for the Sketchbook Poject based on Brooklyn New York can also be viewed on Sketchbook Project.
Catalogues of works involving larger mixed-media pieces, of a series of colour collage compositions, alongside a more recent one showing gold-painted textural collage pieces on paper can be ordered the Blurb website.
Perhaps one of the most important achievements to come out these varied creative endeavours – in addition to a substantial collection of large mixed-media compositions on board as well as the collections of coloured drawings and mixed-media collages – was the creation of a full 78-deck of tarot cards, along with a 40 000 booklet which took 10 years to complete. The major arcana were published by Adam Mc Clean in a limited edition for collectors of Tarot artwork in 2006, but is now available as a full Pack: Tarot artwork
Here meanwhile is another link to show some samples from the Chalice Pack – each card includes interpretative text from my booklet: samples from the Chalice Pack