Linda Adato

About the Artist

Artist’s Statement

My etchings depict diverse architectural themes: images of New York City skylines, buildings and bridges, and from my own backyard. I work in the printmaking technique of intaglio in which the areas etched are below the surface of the plate.

I start the image abstractly from the forms observed. The intaglio techniques of line, aquatint and soft ground lend themselves well to finding the lights and rich darks in these images. The colors are a challenge to discern and become an integral aspect of the etching. I do not so much execute the initial idea as I develop it in the course of the intaglio process.

The plates are inked “a la poupee” i.e. colors are applied and wiped in specific areas. Editions are usually 50, hand-pulled by the artist.


Linda Adato, born in England, studied at Hornsey College of Art and, after immigrating to the US, at UCLA where she received a MA degree in Art Education.

She has exhibited her prints throughout the United States and abroad. Among her awards are those from the National Academy of Design, Boston Printmakers, Audubon Artists and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking.

Her work is in the collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts of The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, British Museum, DeCordova Museum, Duxbury Art Complex Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Mississippi Museum of Art, New York Public Library and other institutions.

Linda Adato recently served as president of The Society of American Graphic Artists, a national organization of fine art printmakers from 2007 to 2010.  Linda Adato lives and works at her home in Brooklyn, NY.

Color etchings: urban landscapes and other imagery

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