Linda Kitson studied at St. Martin’s School of Art and The Royal College of Art. Her ﬁrst exhibition was of drawings of the wine chateaux of Bordeaux, but the work which ﬁrst drew signiﬁcant public attention was when, as Ofﬁcial War Artist, she accompanied the British Task Force to the Falkland Islands.
Subsequent ventures, such as those to Canada and to Thailand, produced suites of drawings that still had an aspect of reportage. Linda Kitson also had successful exhibitions of landscape drawings, generally produced as she describes it, by “clinging to the side of a mountain” in France and Italy. She has also illustrated works by Camus and St. Exupéry for the Folio Society.
Domestic circumstances took her for several years out of the country, and eventually, out of her practice. Her return to England was a return to art. Someone who has been, as she describes it, “a line draughtsman all my life”, embraced the latest technology and, with a striking change of approach, she became an expert at the iPad. With it she has addressed the drama of city architecture, often under construction, in works that have all the impact of the abstract but which are, astonishingly, at the same time documentary. Now, in her poster for the Lord Mayor’s Show she brings together the City’s old and new with an even greater richness.
Written by Sir Quentin Blake, CBE, FCSD, FRSL, RDI