Linda Stark (b. 1956, San Diego) makes paintings in which personal experiences, visions, and sensations give rise to iconic images characterized by both sculptural textures and graphic concision. The products of highly virtuosic techniques that often require long periods of time to execute, each is like an amulet charged with devotional fervor. Stark's work is notable for the laser-like focus with which it is conceived and made, but she is unafraid of taking on themes with broad reach: the metaphysical and political ramifications of gender, the power of the female gaze and body, the roles played by animals in human lives and dreams, and the mythological and spiritual dimensions of the natural world. Her project, which has evolved over the course of four decades, represents not only a complete rethinking of how paint can function as a physical substance, but the sustained elaboration of an entire worldview suffused with curiosity, mysticism, humor, and criticality.
In 2013, Linda Stark was the subject of a solo exhibition as part of the MATRIX series at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Recent group exhibitions include Made in L.A. 2018, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Painting: Now and Forever, Part III, Matthew Marks Gallery and Greene Naftali, New York (2018); and Forms of Identity: Women Artists in the 90s, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California (2017). Her work is in the public collections of institutions that include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She lives and works in Los Angeles.