Artist Linda Ganus is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and is active as a painter and designer in the New York Metropolitan and Lehigh Valley areas. Ms. Ganus has further studied drawing and painting at the New York Studio School and the New York Academy of Art. In 2004 and 2005, she was chosen to be a participant in the prestigious New York Studio School Drawing Marathon held in Orvieto, Italy and taught by Graham Nickson, Dean of the New York Studio School. In recent years, she has received two full fellowships for residencies at the Vermont Studio Center. She has received Best-in-Show awards in exhibits held at Lehigh University and Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, among others, and is a member of New Century Artists Gallery in New York. Her work has been commissioned by organizations such as the New York Philharmonic, David Sarnoff Research Center, Musical America, G. Schirmer, Inc., the Kinhaven Music Institute, as well as numerous private collectors.
My work owes a debt to the heroic figurative paintings of the past, although it also involves a search for a modern response to this tradition. Paintings, drawings and assemblages serve as references, updated to include contemporary scenarios and symbolism, but referring to the same ancient myths and legends that we share in the collective unconscious. Themes that appear include music and its expression, subversion of gender roles and issues of masculinity/feminity, desire, ambition, longing, and many others; my goal is to create and share intriguing and powerful visual metaphors for aspects of our human condition.