Park West Gallery Features Collection of Contemporary Artist Linda Le Kinff

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Park West Gallery Artist Biography series invites you to indulge your senses by stepping into the fantasy world depicted through the artwork of Linda Le Kinff.

Park West Gallery Artist Biography series invites you to indulge your senses by stepping into the fantasy world depicted through the artwork of Linda Le Kinff. Inspired by her extensive travels, her dreams, her imagination, Le Kinff's expressive approach creates a seductive ambiance with what seemingly are the most mundane of activities; a couple elegantly dressed, a woman petting her cat as it reclines on a couch, musicians playing their stringed instruments.

Linda Le Kinff was born in Paris from French and Brazilian parents and began her painting career at the age of 20. Throughout the 1970's she traveled extensively learning and perfecting her unique approach to painting. Taught by masters in India, Tibet, Mexico and Italy, Le Kinff not only gained experience in the ancient techniques of tempera, egg painting and gold leaf but had an apprenticeship in wood and copper engraving, as well as instruction in modern applications of acrylic and airbrush painting. She learned lithography while in Paris in 1975 and the next year was introduced to the sand and sumi techniques by "The Japanese Picasso," Okamoto Taro. Later, Le Kinff would return to school in Tyrol where she began to incorporate the use of a special material called casein into her attraction for painted, polished and varnished woodwork.

In 1998, Le Kinff was selected as the official World Cup Artist and exhibited in the cities where the matches took place. She created a painting for that distinction which was minted into a commemorative coin by the French government, an honor never before offered to a living French artist. The medallion was exhibited at the prestigious museum, the Monnaie de Paris. Le Kinff's participation in the "Exposition of Prestige," organized by the Ambassador of France in Japan in 2002, facilitated her work being exhibited at various museums and art foundations in Japan such as; Tokyo-Bunkamura Museum; Nagoya-Tenjin Salaria Art Foundation; Osaka-Kirin Foundation; Fukuoka-Loft Gallery; and Yokohama-RedBrick Warehouse.

Le Kinff's most recent collection of artwork features her new approach to painting which expresses itself through the brilliant, rich color applications and the textural combinations of her special pigments used on wood and canvas. Each example is pursued for countless hours, as Le Kinff seeks extract new artistic possibilities from every individual image.

Independent art historian, essayist, and art critic, Joseph Jacobs, describes Le Kinff's artwork in the following way; "Each painting has an 'ambiance,' captured as much by the abstract play of color, line, texture and surface design as by the representational qualities, and it is here that the individuality of the picture is found. …the colors, shapes, and lines become design elements that dance, flicker, float, or strut across the field of the picture. Le Kinff's work is timeless. It exists in the past as much as in the present, and perhaps it is safe to say, it represents the future."

Park West Gallery of Michigan founded in 1969 are America's largest art dealer, selling more individual artworks than any other art dealer in the United States. Since 1980, the company has occupied its own 63,000 sq ft art gallery and in 2002, Park West built a 181,000 sq ft distribution center and gallery in Miami Lakes, Florida. Park West Gallery conducts auctions across North America in fine hotels and maintains an active catalog and internet sales business.

Park West Gallery is also the largest art dealer conducting auctions at sea and currently conducts auctions on more than 60 ships for the following cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Lines; Celebrity Cruises Inc.; Disney Cruise Line; Holland America Line; Radisson Seven Seas Cruises; Royal Caribbean International; Windstar Cruises.

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