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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SOFA: “How Art Drives Design” Panel Discussion with Diana Bitting


Please join me at SOFA on November 1st at 3pm for “How Art Drives Design”.  It’s such an honor to be invited by Editor-in-Chief Diana Bitting from Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago to participate in this lively discussion.  Hope you can make it!  -Linc Thelen

RSVP- http://www.sofaexpo.com/vip/sofa-chicago-designer-reception

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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:

"Nautical", Oil on canvas- 80"W x 66"H

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

Bold Design and Cool Patterns

This month’s post is about implementing bold design and cool patterns.  As a Chicago Interior Designer and artist I have been fortunate enough to have clients who allow me to be creative and do what I love.  Special thanks to Pam from Duralee, Wanye from Kravet, Lesile from Area International and Ninfa from Schumacher for their time and dedication to creating products that truly inspire.

Below are some of my favorite projects which incorporate bold colors and patterns.  Whether it be a splash of color with art, furniture, accessories, wallpaper, rug or a funky upholstery fabric, going bold has never been more fun!

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In this project I combined yellow, blue and red with furniture, lighting and accessories to make this vignette really pop. The subtle pattern in the chest and shape of the mirror turns an ordinary hallway foyer into a fun and stylish place- setting the overall tone for the home.

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Every baby needs a stylish “crib”. The baby’s room I designed for my client is hip and cool with built ins for storage, a touch of green and a great patterned wallpaper. Furniture is light and bright, with one statement piece. No baby should be without a classic Eames rocking chair.

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This living room I designed is clean-lined and modern. I added a punch of color with throw pillows. It’s easy to change the palette out with the seasons. A striped painting I created titled “Architect Series #3”, hangs on the wall and gives this room it’s bold charm.

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This dining room I recently completed includes:
-Hi-impact artwork
-Elegant charcoal grasscloth wallcovering
-Great accessories that bring in texture and interesting shapes
-Unique light fixture from Arteriors Home
-Comfortable Seating
-The dining room table was designed to fit the exact dimensions of the space
-Custom console table
-Great trim adds the finishing touches to the room, wainscoting, crown and window trim
Bold patterns were used on the upholstery and the large scale painting I created.

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Never know what to do with your collection of coffee table books? Build a wood rail for display and add a museum quality to the space. Pattern and color can come from unexpected places.

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A colorful den for teenagers is splashed with bold color and pattern with artwork, a geometric rug, accents of pink pillows and window shades and pop of blue, red and green.

Want to add a punch of pattern or color in your home?  Contact me at linc@ltdesignltd.com for a consultation.

Highlights of the Year

Untitled DESIGN PROJECT FEATURED IN INTERIORS CHICAGO

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

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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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