Lindley Briggs received her B. A. from Connecticut College, New London Connecticut in 1967. She studied sculpture at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture from 1967 through 1969. In recent years she has returned to working with clay on portrait and figure sculpture at Sanctuary Arts in South Elliot, ME in order to gather some reality data to add to the mythical creatures she creates in her studio.
Throughout her career, Lindley has had numerous shows featuring her sculpture, drawings, collages and prints. Her work has been featured in national publications such as – YANKEE MAGAZINE, FINE WOODWORKING, THE NEW YORK TIMES, ART BUSINESS NEWS and THE BOSTON GLOBE. Her current collection of bronze sculptures is represented in 9 galleries throughout the country.
In 2004, she was commissioned by Brandeis University’s the National Women’s Committee at to create a sculptural limited-edition brooch to be awarded to “Library Benefactors”. In 2009 she became a member of FIDEM (an International Art Medal Federation). That year two of her bronze medallions were on display at the Belskie, Museum of Art & Science in Closter, NJ in “NUMISMATICS: THE ART of COINS AND METALS”. In 2010, four of her bronze art medals were juried into the International Exhibition at the FIDEM Congress in Tampere, Finland. In 2011, two of her art medals were juried into the International Exhibition at the Huntarian Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2013, two of Lindley’s bronze art medals were juried into International Exhibition at the FIDEM Congress in Sofia Bulgaria.
Lindley has been collaborating with her husband Jeff for the past 44 years. In 1970, she and Jeff started a wood sculpture business – Briggs, Bugs and Butterflies. Together they created colossally oversized wooden butterfly, moth, dragonfly and flower sculptures that were sold to shops, galleries, and collectors throughout the country over a 12 year period. Next they branched out into creating one-of-a-kind sculptural prototypes and designs that were produced and marketed by other companies. They collaborated on props for the visual merchandising market in NYC – 6′ Chinese Ginger jars, vases, and plates for Bloomingdales, 9.5″ Art Nouveau Ladies for Bonwitt Teller, a 10’ mountain for The Rockport Shoe Company, to mention a few. They both worked for the Fabricon Carousel Company of Brooklyn NY for many years – Lindley as a colorist and Jeff as principle designer. Samples of their collaborations as well as their individual art work can be seen on their website: www.briggssculpture.com.
The boundaries between fantasy, reality and surreality are not necessarily firm. I love to explore and manipulate these boundaries. Filtering them through my imagination I create capricious visual episodes, which are often gently satirical or humorous. They expresses my feelings about relationships between men and women. I enjoy exploring the infinite levels of male/female interaction and the environment that surrounds them – earthly, celestial or aquatic. My work has always been inspired by my lifelong fascination with the beauty of natural forms – shells, wings, branches and stones and the fanciful imagery from classical Greek and Roman mythology – with its winged, dancing and otherwise dynamic deities. The artists who have inspired me most throughout my career are Rene Magritte, Paul Manship and my mother – Jane Audrey Beetz (whose fanciful paintings surrounded me while growing up).
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