Based in New York since 1979, Judith Linhares (b. 1940) grew up cavorting in the deep woods and ranches of Pasadena, California and studied art in Oakland, California throughout the 1960s and 70s. Her technicolor paintings of wild, voluptuous women who hunt, camp, cook and ride naked on horseback are rooted in the alternative commune societies of the American West Coast, the propagation of Jungian psychology and dream research in San Francisco, and art movements such as the Bay Area Figuration Movement, California Funk Art, and Assemblage. For Linhares, whose exhaustive journals of her own dreams over the past 40 years were recently acquired by the Smithsonian Museum (Washington, DC), the absurd logic of dreams provide the inspiration for paintings that teeter between dream-state and reality.
Linhares’ works are in many prominent public collections, including the Whitney Museum, New York, NY; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; The de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; and the The Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkeley, CA.