Linda Karshan was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1947, and started drawing at the age of four. From 1956-67, she studied at Saratoga Springs, where she was taught by the architect Robert Reed (who had been Joseph Albers' protégé at Black Mountain College). She continued her education at the Sorbonne in 1967, then at the Slade in 1969. In 1983, she switched disciplines and completed a Master of Arts in Humanistic Psychology at the Antioch University programme in London. Her MA thesis, entitled 'Play, Creativity and the Birth of the Self', focussed on D.W. Winnicott's theories of transitional space and creativity, which are central to Karshan's artistic practice.
Her practice is marked by aesthetic simplicity: dark lines and shapes intersecting in white space. This comes out of repetition, grids and fine, geometric shapes in perfect balance across the paper. Her works are a personal method of marking out time and movement.
In 1985, Karshan had her first solo exhibition at the ASB Gallery, in London. Since then, she has exhibited regularly at venues across Europe, and has been the subject of several major solo museum shows, including at Sir John Soane's Museum, London (2002); the Institut Valencia d'Art Modern (2002); Kettle's Yard, Cambridge (2003); Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern, Germany (2013); and a four-city tour of her work in Romania, travelling to Bucharest, Cuij, Baia Mare and Bistrizia (1998-99).
Her prints and drawings have featured in group exhibitions at Tang Gallery, Skidmore College, New York (2007); Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany (2008-09); Graphische Sammlung, Munich (2009); British Museum, London (2010); Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin (2013); and the Courtauld Gallery, London (2012 and 2014). Karshan, who divides her time between London, New York and Lakeville, is well-represented in public and private collections around the world.
Linda Karshan is represented by the Redfern Gallery.