With over 20 years of making art under her belt and a forward-thinking creative eye, it’s no surprise to us why D2 Interieurs enlisted abstract artist Linda Colletta to join their team as Artistic Director. D2 Interieurs is known for their bold and innovative use of color in their interior design and Linda’s art is no different – a match made in heaven. There is a vivacious energy to Linda’s paintings that can’t help but excite you and draw you in. From her new collection, Geometrik, to her collaboration on a line of textiles and wallpaper, Linda gives us insight into her work as an artist and her new role at D2.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into making your artwork?
I’ve been creating art in various mediums for over 20 years, and first translated my passion for art into a career as a scenic painter in the television industry before I dedicated myself full-time to my painting career. I currently define my artistic approach as an abstract expressionist painter, creating colorful and uplifting works for designers and individual collectors.
My greatest influences are my parents who were also painters, as well as Modigliani, Jackson Pollack, Gerhard Richter, Helen Frankenthaler, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Georgia O’Keefe.
Tell us a little bit about your process.
I work mostly in acrylics, oil pastels and oil sticks. My work is simply an exploration. I just start with a color and let it unfold from there. I grew up in a very small rural town, and then spent 16 years in NYC while studying and working in the arts. This background caused me to be deeply influenced by beauty and serenity of the natural world and by the grunge and decay of the urban city all at the same time. I express this through layering, washes, drips, scribbles and texture.
We love your new collection “Geometrik”. Can you tell us a little bit about this collection and your inspiration behind it?
These pieces are a visual reminder to LET GO. Using color as my muse, I explore textures, patterns and layers mimicked both in nature and urban decay in a variety of mediums – acrylics, oil sticks, pastels, graphite and ink.
I am interested in the alchemy of layering, where two unrelated ideas, when connected, become something else entirely, and likewise, when pieces are removed a new story is revealed, one that only time could tell.
I am exploring the signature energy and unpredictability of movement expressed through purposefully thoughtless strokes and intentional gestures. In this fast-paced split-second world, I am interested in slowing you down, drawing you in, compelling you to look closer and linger longer to find some perspective in the smaller pieces that make up the bigger picture.
I am endlessly fascinated by places where man and nature meet…like a telephone line across a skyline at dusk or a tiny patch of grass in the middle of a cement jungle, or a fence marking the end of a rolling field. The line against the form is not only a source of beautiful abstraction, but also speaks to our futile attempts as humans to contain or control this wild world. It makes me giggle every time. And it reminds me to just let go.
What does being creative mean to you?
I used to be very concerned with making art that “meant” something, that said something about the world that was utterly unique and important. This concern consumed me; in fact it stopped me from painting for almost 15 years. Then one day it hit me, the “thing” that I wanted to say, the meaning that meant the most to me, that was always there but I was afraid to say it, as if it wasn’t important enough … beauty. I like to create beauty and I’ve come to embrace the belief that this world could never have enough added to it, in fact now, I can’t think of anything more important.
Being creative is the act of adding my bit of beauty to this world.
Can you tell us about your new role as Artistic Director of D2 Interieurs?
I LOVE D2! We are collaborating on a line of textile and wallpaper designs that will bring my paintings to life in a whole new way! And I advise the team on art commissions and art curation for their clients, recommending not only my own work but the work of other artists I love and support in my community.
I deeply believe in supporting local artists and that community is much more powerful for all of us than competition.
What is your Modern Sanctuary?
My modern sanctuary is my painting studio. The moment I walk in there, the world stops and I can breathe a little deeper than before.
It smells like paint, the floors are covered in a hundred paint drops, its quiet but the old floors creek. It’s just a painters dream. My studio is in an old lace factory building in Bridgeport, CT called American Fabric Arts Building (amfabarts.com). It’s about 600 sq ft with 30ft ceilings and two big factory windows that go from floor to ceiling that let in the most inspiring natural light. The light is truly why I took the space. The space and the light just compel me to paint, and inspire me on every level.
We are excited for Linda in her new role at D2 Interieurs and cannot wait to see their new line of textiles and wallpaper once it’s finished! Linda’s life-long pursuit of creativity and her passion for adding beauty to this world is a great reminder to us all – keep on creating and never let fear hold you back.