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Save the Date: Friday, September 11th for RNDD’s Fall Gallery Walk

CGN_ad_rndd The River North Design District (RNDD) is proud to announce their participation in this year’s annual River North Fall Gallery Walk on Friday September 11th 2015. Each participating showroom will be exhibiting artwork from some of the brightest stars in the art world today and I am honored to be part of the line up.   Most of the showrooms will be open until 10pm. The works will be exhibited until November 11th, 2015 during normal business hours.  I’ll be exhibiting at Florense and will be showing new work from my Traverse exhibition.

RSVP via Facebook and visit http://rivernorthdesigndistrict.com/events/ for more information and to view a map of participating showrooms.

Linc Thelen’s Traverse On Exhibit at Florense:
300 W Ontario, Chicago IL 60654

LINC THELEN:
Painting for over two decades, Linc Thelen’s style fuses classical training with a modern perspective. Thelen’s works consist of abstract paintings described as dream-like and esoteric layered with calming emotion- an attempt to deconstruct the form. Thelen received his BFA in painting from Northern Illinois University. Please visit www.lincthelenart.com for more information.

About Traverse
Linc Thelen’s new series “Traverse” is a study of lines and their intersections. By incorporating the fundamental use of light, texture and color he creates spontaneous emotion, which reflects the fluidity of life. The work represents real life metaphors relating to human relationships and the evolution of time.

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Linc’s Ledger: February

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I’m thrilled to be part of the Sophisticated Living family.  Check out my ad…

Hi Everyone-

It’s been a very exciting winter!  The church and farmhouse projects are coming along well.  Thanks so much for all your positive feedback on my IN-SITE column!  I was recently  awarded “Best Of Houzz”.

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In addition I’ve had a few press placements including the prestigious style makers in Luxe Interiors + Design and HGTV.  Thanks so much for your continued support.

-Linc

Recent Press:

Our Dining Room was featured in HGTV’s 2015 Trends Gallery! The editorial team looked at hundreds of design professionals and thousands of pictures to create this gallery. They picked the best forward-thinking design professionals to be a part of it. I am honored.

DSC_3966 So grateful to be featured in the winter issue of Luxe Interiors + Design as a Style Maker!

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Encompass was featured in Sun-Times SPLASH!SHO_LT_12414

Houzz“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of homebuilding, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Linc Thelen among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

One King’s Lane recently asked me “What is your Chair Crush?”

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There are so many sharp chairs to choose from but can’t deny the Madison Leather Barrel Chair in Rouge is my favorite-This barrel chair is upholstered in chic, rich burgundy leather and trimmed in silvery nail heads with an antiqued finish. And the best part? Made in the USA.

 

Have you heard about Refined Haystack? This new site is a hyper-local online resource where designers, showrooms, stores and clients come together to connect, share feedback and information, inspire ideas and facilitate the design process. We are so thrilled to have a profile on Refined Haystack.  Click here to view>>

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Linc’s Ledger- June

Hi everyone!

It’s been a busy spring.  Things are moving forward with the Farmhouse and Church projects.  Thanks so much to Kitchen and Bath Trends for featuring me for their May Designer Spotlight and Kitchen & Bath Design News for featuring me on the cover!  So exciting to be in last week’s Sun-Times SPLASH!  This year’s Guerrilla Truck Show was so much fun, below are some photos.  I have an upcoming show at Buckingham ID this fall during Design Harvest- stay tuned for details!

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In my truck in front of my new series, “Vintage USPS Bags”

A few of my favorite photos during the show this year….despite the rain we had a good time!

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Recent Press

Chicago Suntimes SPLASH, http://splash.suntimes.com/2014/06/03/sho-interior-life-playing-house/#.U5ChSRbt43Y

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Kitchen + Bath Design News, http://www.forresidentialpros.com/article/11318355/kitchen-offers-the-best-of-both-worlds

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make it better, http://www.makeitbetter.net/at-home/beautiful-home/6124-deerfield-home-brings-city-chic-to-the-suburbs

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Material Girls, http://materialgirlsblog.com/chicago/2014/04/12/the-perfect-artist-canvas/lt_material_girls_april14

Linc’s Ledger: March 2014

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Interior Define Showroom, Chicago Opening Party

2014 has begun with a bang.  As many of you know- I’m engaged!  My beautiful fiancé, Irene is pictured to the left.  On the work front, my artwork will be exhibited in Boston, New York, Chicago, and LA in the coming year, stay tuned for details.  Look for me on eHow, Refinery29 and Modern Luxury Interiors winter issue.

Last month I had the pleasure of hosting the opening of Interior Define, a new affordable furniture concept in Chicago’s trendy Bucktown neighborhood.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to this year’s successes!

-Linc Thelen

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Interior Define Showroom, Chicago Opening Party

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I’m thrilled to be represented in Boston at Evolve Residential.  The modern home boutique was recently featured in Architectural Digest.  Located at 470 Shawmut Ave., Boston, MA; evolveresidential.com

Read the full AD Article>>

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RECENT PRESS 

REFINERY29Small Space Design And Home Decor Tips And IdeasClick here to read the full Refinery29 article>>

HBCH February 2014

Click here to read the full Interiors article>>

E-HOW Videos

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ENCIRCLE: Debuting at Buckingham Interiors + Design 9.28.13

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I am proud to announce my collaboration with Buckingham Interiors + Design and the unveiling of my new show, ENCIRCLE which will debut at this year’s DESIGN HARVEST.

Saturday & Sunday, September 28th & 29th 2013, from 11am-8pm on Grand Ave between Damen and Wood Street

ENCIRCLE features 12 new paintings ranging from 24×30 to 80×65. Julia Edelmann’s new 1300 square foot showroom is a blank canvas with white brick walls- the perfect venue for my new work which is playful and more spontaneous than my last show.  ADVERSITY, my last solo exhibition at the Zhou B Art Center was this past Spring and featured a classical subject matter with dark undertones.  The new series is very airy and architectural and it is representative of the now in my life.

My new collection is the perfect compliment to Julia’s “Modernique” aesthetic, an integration of antiques and artifacts with modern design. She believes that blending these various objects of different worlds becomes the “glue” which binds her signature style and suits her unique aesthetic. Success can often come from the most unexpected of pairings as demonstrated in her new showroom.

My new work is a breath of fresh air and takes cues from my ever evolving and beloved circle motif. I experiment with the simple shape of the circle and allows the process to build into something unexpected and open. The collection has allowed me to examine myself and present a certain honesty in my work. It is a pure reflection of where I am in the present moment.

Images for a few of the pieces are below:

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Title: “Nautical”, oil on canvas- 80″w x 66″h

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Title: “Evolution”, oil on canvas- 90″w x 70″h

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Title: “Buoyant”, oil on canvas- 48″w x 60″h

Please visit www.lincthelenart.com for more information.

dh_logoAbout Design Harvest

West Town Chamber of Commerce is proud to present Design Harvest, a unique annual street festival for Chicago. This one of a kind fest features Chicago’s best local furniture and home accessory makers, vintage and antique collectors, and local retailers of home design.  Between perusing a curated exhibit of design vendors, fest-goers can partake in art making activities, paint a pumpkin and raise money for a local elementary school, take a family hay ride, or enjoy a cold beer and delicious food. Sponsor Christy Webber Landscapes Farm & Garden Center will be providing the hay rides from Design Harvest to their Farm & Garden Center and back between 11am and 5pm. The Farm & Garden Center will feature additional family activities including a hay maze, face painting, scare crow making, petting zoo (between 12-4pm), and more.

Helping set the mood is the live musical entertainment area, programmed by Chicago’s legendary live music venue, The Hideout. Historically we also feature a big square dance in the street! Beer sponsor Blue Moon will feature their Harvest Pumpkin Ale along with Crispin Cider and Coors Light.

A rain or shine event, design vendors are housed under very large tents which also shelters patrons. Patio heaters warm our lounge areas so once the sun sets imbibers can grab a seat on a hay bale, get cozy and stay a while! The 2013 event may also feature an after party sponsored by our media partner Chicago Magazine and Chicago Home and Garden.

Hope you can make it!  -Linc Thelen

Highlights of the Year

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It was a huge honor to have one of my design projects featured in Interiors Chicago.  Thank you to the writer, Barri Leiner Grant for her eloquence and to Diana Bitting for publishing one of my favorite projects.

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REVISION HOME

On February 7th Revision Home featured “CURATED” where three talented designers worked their magic with the store’s new inventory.  Aimee Wertepny, Sean Cowan and Jennie Bishop were the celebrated designers who curated room scenes and  incorporated my artwork.  It was such an honor for one of my paintings to be featured in Interiors Chicago as part of Jennie Bishop’s vignette featured this past winter.  Some of my work is now available at Revision Home’s online store.

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Linc Thelen and Aimee Wertepny

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Craig Faust, Linc Thelen and Sean Cowan

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ADVERSITY, SOLO SHOW

Over 250 guests gathering for the opening of my recent show “Adversity” on April 19th at the Zhou B Art Center. Guests enjoyed cocktails from the Zhou B Café & Art Lounge while previewing my recent work. The collection featured large oils on canvas, the largest measuring 133″ x 96″.

“While the idea that art need not conform to a traditional aesthetic in order to accomplish its goals is hardly revolutionary, Thelen’s choice to apply abstract techniques to well-known classical paintings emphasizes this idea in a singularly vivid and thought-provoking manner. By applying expressive abstract techniques to canonical works of art such as the “Raft of the Medusa,” Thelen preserves and even heightens the emotion and intensity the originals convey. Thelen is a poet in oil paint. His carefully selected color schemes and bold brushstrokes reach beyond the physical reality of the images, accessing the fervor beneath the form.” -Emma Collins, Chicago Weekly

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“Mr. Thelen’s adaptation of the Raft of the Medusa, vaguely reminiscent of Géricault’s 1819 composition, illustrates the survivors of the wreck of the French naval frigate, Méduse, off the coast of North Africa. After enduring 13 days upon a hurriedly constructed raft, all but 15 of the 147 crew perished. In Mr. Thelen’s version loose, soft gestural marks create ghostlike impressions of those who have given up hope and approach death. The painting is a haunting glimpse of what is to be on the raft, to have lost everything. Indicated by stronger gestural marks, the survivors who might yet be rescued speak of hope amid despair.” -Mary A. Osborne, examiner.com

ADVERSITY PRESS

Below is some press about the show.  Click on the images to read the full article online.Circle in the Fire | The Chicago Weekly Circle in the Fire | The Chicago WeeklyThe Secret Life of High-End Chicago Architectural Designer Linc The Secret Life of High-End Chicago Architectural Designer Linc The Secret Life of High-End Chicago Architectural Designer Linc

JEAN DE MERRY DINNER WITH ELLE DECOR’S MICHAEL BOODRO

On June 6th I was invited to an intimate dinner hosted by Jean de Merry with the Editor of Elle Decor at the Chicago Arts Club.  The dinner brought together top designers and artisans from LA, Chicago and New York.

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Irene Duarte, Michael Boodro (Editor in Chief Elle Décor) and Linc Thelen

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Christian Darnaud-Marroselli (Jean de Merry), Kathleen Mann, Linc Thelen and Irene Duarte

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Every summer during Neocon, the worlds largest international trade fair, Morlen Sinoway Atelier hosts the Guerrilla Truck Show. The event serves as a platform for creatives of all types to showcase their work in a temporary gallery space within the back of a truck. Over the years, the event has blossomed from 13 trucks exhibiting to over 60 trucks.  June 10th marked the 9th annual show and it was my pleasure to participate.  Below are some photos of my exhibit and the event.

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Modern Renovation and Design

This story begins with a young family looking for the modern feel so they purchased a 1980’s home to renovate. A daunting task to complete, but a vision well-worth seeing through. This is where I step in and provide architectural, interior design and contracting services.

A sleek and sexy kitchen using white lacquered cabinets from Poggen Pohl. The center piece that anchors the island was a structural column that we wrapped and painted in high gloss lacquer.
The living room was closed off, dark and needed to be more inviting.
We opened up the back wall to the kitchen, allowing more movement throughout the house. The wooden rafters were drywalled and all the windows and doors were replaced.
This fireplace was definitely not the focal point we were looking for.
We re-invented it with modern wave tiles and a new surround.
Small bathrooms can be grand with the right design.
The interesting thing, architecturally, is that the sink and shower faucets come up from the floor. If you look closely you can see the shower head comes from the floor instead of the wall.
Special thanks to the clients who brought me in on this project and acted as a driving force for creating a sleek, modern home.