The Old Print Shop

Linda Adato

1942 - 2021

Linda Adato was born in England and studied at Hornsey College of Art. She emigrated to the United States in 1962 and received her MA from UCLA. She was president of the Society of American Graphic Artists from 2007-2010 and is a member of the Boston Printmakers and a lifetime member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists.

For over 30 years Linda Adato has been making color etchings and has mastered the a la poupee printing technique - a one plate method of color printing.  Her subtle use of color, together with her precise wiping of each section of the plate demonstrates her technical perfection in this process. 

Her prints have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. She has received many awards from institutions including the National Academy of Design, the Society of American Graphic Artists, Boston Printmakers, Print Club of Albany, Audubon Artists, and Connecticut Graphics Arts Center.  Linda Adato has work is in the Permanent Collections of The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, CA; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ.; New York Public Library, NY; The British Museum, London, England; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT, among others.

“I love the process of etching, of working the plate through the stages of hard ground line etching, using aquatint for tones and soft ground for texture. Taking a proof at each stage you can see where you've gone and what can be. I start the image abstractly from the geometries of things around me, their configuration of line, form, shadow, etc. In the journey from drawing to final print, I do not so much execute the initial idea as I develop it in the course of the intaglio process. I am sometimes surprised by the ‘realistic’ image.”