FIRE AND RAIN EXHIBITION – Grafton Regional Gallery

FIRE AND RAIN – November 2021

Linda Frylink Anderson: Fire and Rain

Linda Frylink Anderson’s work is a generous invitation to view the world through her eyes. She explains that her work “is an immediate response to what she sees.” Frylink Anderson experiments with mark-making – she loves to scribble and play with line and colour and is guided by the incidental surprises that emerge when working intuitively with paint. Her unbound creative approach allows her to work freely wherever she may happen to be. The world is her studio and inspiration can be found anywhere – the beach, a boat, the bush, a café, castles, pyramids, animals, birds and people from across the globe.

‘Fire and Rain’ is Frylink Anderson’s most recent body of work, painted from her bush studio overlooking Mt Wollumbin. Using an abundance of colour, Frylink Anderson applies paint thickly, in a joyous, unrestrained manner, a process she describes as “messy and fun.” Paying homage to the natural abundance that surrounds us, these works acknowledge the devastation caused by fire. While the destructive force of these natural disasters will be forever etched in our memories, Frylink Anderson’s work looks optimistically towards the recovery of the landscape, highlighting a collective feeling of hope. Her vibrant works celebrate the lushness and emergence of new life after rain.

While undertaking study at the Canberra School of Art, Linda began travelling with her partner and in lieu of completing her degree in Visual Communication, chose to accumulate irreplaceable memories and experiences. She returned to study after starting a family and completed a Bachelor of Education. After a dedicated life working in early childhood education, Linda became a full-time practising artist in 2015. Having now settled in Northern New South Wales, Linda has a permanent art space in the Iluka Emporium.


I’ve been fascinated by mermaids for a long time. On the Clarence river in Iluka sits a concrete mermaid at the end of the fishing boat harbour. She looks out to sea. Created in memory of a fisherman who died, she’s been transformed over the years with different paint jobs and now sports a shiny mosaic tail.

I’ve completed several paintings of her. These 2 are the latest. I the long painting I have shared the stages I went through until I was happy with it. Both are acrylic on canvas.

Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Final stage
Iluka Mermaid 1 – ages going into an exhibition at Grafton Gallery in November