David Edward Linn

David Edward Linn

David Edward Linn

“My work is born out of a need to articulate for myself the terrain of my own passage through mortality and to explore the events and implications of man’s spiritual existence and journey- that which forms deep currents flowing beneath the observable world. The symbolic internal worlds and environments of my paintings seem at times more real to me than my physical environment because they are evidence to me of what is felt most acutely. The paintings then become objects of devotion- personal evidence of a process that is verbally inexpressible. My work has evolved into a meditation on themes of searching, passage, and purification through these internal wilderness places- a landscape where events and objects assume multi-layered symbolic significance and actions become ceremonial in nature.”


David Linn was born in Palo Alto, California and grew up in the hills of the South Bay peninsula. He began painting shortly after birth and has paused only occasionally to pursue other interests such as music composition and performance, mountain climbing, and designing objects that fly. He received an MFA in painting from Brigham Young University, and currently resides at the foot of a mountain in Utah, with his wife, Jefra (a professional photographer) and three children. He cites influences as divergent as Baroque masters and American Luminists to contemporary Conceptual Site and Earthwork artists. David’s paintings can be found in various museum, corporate, and private collections throughout the country.