Originally from the UK Lynda Stevens has been living and working on a freelance basis in Budapest, Hungary since 2000, after first having worked there as a teacher in 1996.
She was born in 1959 inSouthampton, England and originally graduated with a degree in English/Italian literature from
the University of Warwick in 1981 – at a time where there were 500 graduates to 1 job.
As a result Stevens’s career took a rather more circuitous route than otherwise – this did include devoting a lot more time to the creative path.
A series of colour drawings on paper had originally been embarked upon as a spare-time activity from the age of 19 and to begin with, on a purely self-taught basis.
However, in the mid 1980’s Stevens did also attend two two-year, part-time courses. The first involved a diploma in drawing and painting at the Leamington College of FE, Leamington Spa,
where she was introduced to the rigours of life drawing, still-life drawing and painting, alongside having the opportunity to experiment with a much wider range of media including etching,
airbrush painting, charcoal and acrylics. The second course lead to a certificate in Craft Materials from CoventryUniversity, where media ranging from metal to ceramics and textiles were explored.
Nowadays Stevens’s artwork consists of abstract mixed-media collage pieces, some on paper, using a bastardised marbling technique,
onto which squares or triangles of other materials are added. Canvas or board are also used to create other,
bigger compositions using glass fragments, treated fabric, polystyrene, metal foil and wax. In both cases,
Stevens endeavours to create highly textured pieces that capture light through the interplay of opaque and reflective surfaces,
so that many of her works completed may present a very different impression on the viewer, depending on how they are viewed.