Design portfolios, inspiration and
creative process of Linda Mayoux

Every mark and every splodge has an interesting story to tell.

My art and design are my way of trying to make sense of the world around me. A process for discovering new things, new ways of seeing and thinking. Exploring connections and contradictions,  demystifying the dark and finding beauty, then looking at the transitions between. To clarify ideas about the many things we can do to make the better place.

Although my explorations are a personal process, I hope they may also help others to find out more about themselves, about the world and what they would like to do in life.

I work a lot with found images – doleful zebras in the woodgrain, dinosaurs in the clouds, the faces in the sheet folds. I enjoy working with textures produced by different processes, exploring the types of stories these suggest. Then I work on these to clarify shapes and combine them digitally in Photoshop, Corel Painter or Procreate on my iPad.

I also work a lot with collage and photomontage to discover and explore connections and contradictions of meaning, particularly in my more political work.

My sources of inspiration are varied. From a very early age I was fascinated by other cultures: Egypt, Assyria, Greece, Rome and then Indian Japanese, Chinese and Islamic cultures. Later as I travelled more my interest extended to Africa and Latin America. After many years of travelling I am now increasingly interested in Britain and its evolution from ancient civilisation to contradictions and possibilities of multicultural Brexit.

Recent Posts

  • Japanese Calligraphy


  • Art&Language

    Conceptual art that privileges the relationship between a work of art and its environment, and a work of art and the observer. Examples are mirrors that have no content and only reflect the environment and/or invite the observer to interact. Some works address the issue of art that has no physical object, and resorts to…

  • John Baldessari “What motivates me is the elusive quality if trying to get things right….art is the only thing that gets me close to understanding what the universe is all about.” John Anthony Baldessari (born June 17, 1931) is an American conceptual artist known for his work featuring found photography and appropriated images. Initially a painter, Baldessari began to…

  • Bob & Roberta Smith

    Make Art not War Fluxus Movement

  • Saul Bass

    I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares, as opposed to ugly things. That’s my intent. ‘’try to reach for a simple, visual phrase that tells you what the picture is all about and evokes the essence of the story” “making the ordinary extraordinary” “The nature of process, to one degree or another, involves…

  • Rick Poynor

    2007 Obey the Giant: Life in the Image World. First Things Next

  • Ian Hamilton Finlay Wikipedia Ian Hamilton Finlay, CBE (28 October 1925 – 27 March 2006) was a Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener. Born in Nassau, Bahamas his family moved back to Scotland. At the age of 13, with the outbreak of the Second World War, he was evacuated to family in the countryside. He was educated at Dollar Academy, in Clackmannanshire and…

  • Martha Rosler

    Description Martha Rosler is an American artist. She works in photography and photo text, video, installation, sculpture, and performance, as well as writing about art and culture. Rosler’s work is centered on everyday life and the public sphere, often with an eye to women’s experience. Wikipedia Website: Rosler’s work is quite diverse, but can be…

  • Roni Horn Saying Water Have you ever stood by a river and stared into the black water? In this video acclaimed artist Roni Horn takes us down by the riverside, performing a powerful 40 minute monologue based on her associations with water, including tales of sex and murder.

  • Barbara Kruger Most important element is the political content, making it clear and bold, though often based on enigmatic images and comntradiction. She works visually with text usually short quotes in bold typeface eg futura, and uses black, white and ‘lipstick’ red, sometimes other bold colours or limited palettes. Sometimes in caps, sometimes lower…