Title: “Beautiful but Dangerous”
Media: Print of oil painting, Giclee on Canvas
Size: 12 x 16
Arabesque – Most of the items in this still life are from Pakistan and were brought back at various times by the Crank family who lived there from 1988 – 1998.
● The shoes are called khussas (koo-sahs). These were purchased in Anarkali Bazaar in Lahore as a gift for the Crank’s oldest son, Donald. They are men’s shoes – although ladies also wear them – and are made of thin leather and embroidered with metallic thread.
● The knife is decorative, belongs to the Crank’s younger son, TJ, and is from Murree, a popular hill station in the foothills of the Himalayas.
● The knife rests on the bottom half of a copper betel leaf container.
● The pillow is hand-embroidered including tiny circular mirrors and was purchased in the capital city of Islamabad.
● The blue carpet is also from Pakistan.
● The window is covered with grillwork which is commonly used on houses there.
One definition of Arabesque is “a sinuous, spiraling, undulating, or serpentine line or linear motif,” and is reflected in the twists of the pearls, the lines in the grillwork, and in the curves and embroidery of the shoes.
The light from the window illumines the scene. Foremost are the shoes, exquisitely embroidered and glittering in the light. They are beautiful. Then quite unexpectedly, a sharp, unsheathed knife is seen resting on a copper plate. A rope of pearls twines over the blade and is caught between the blade and the toe of the shoe. Almost hidden in the shadows at the bottom of the painting, are hearts that are part of the rug’s design. They are not complete, but are missing their points; one could say that they are broken.
The painting itself is designed to provoke reflection on those things that seem to be beautiful, but are really dangerous.
We can be thankful that God can bring good even out of those circumstances.
Linda Crank spent the first year of her life in a small Chicago apartment surrounded by her grandfather’s oil paintings and the smell of turpentine. Throughout her school years, she enjoyed drawing and began to take art courses in her senior year of high school.
She attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago in the early 1970s studying under classically trained teachers before beginning work at the Emmett J. Newman Studio in Chicago’s Loop as a commercial artist. In the following years, she worked as an illustrator for newspaper editorials, books, magazines and advertising agencies. Her most rewarding work was revising and illustrating an Urdu literacy primer while she, her husband and two sons worked in Pakistan for ten years.
After returning from abroad, Linda fulfilled a long-time dream by studying the art of oil painting. Currently, she is learning from Carl Samson, past chairman of the American Society of Portrait Artists and nationally-recognized artist. Her work was represented by Closson’s, one of the top galleries in Cincinnati, and is represented in a number of private collections. Linda is a Signature Member of the Cincinnati Art Club, works as a full-time graphic designer in Cincinnati, and spends much of her free time painting and drawing.
Shows & Exhibitions
Cincinnati Art Club Viewpoint Show 2004
Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati 2005, Nova Davis Memorial Award
Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati 2006
Collection at the Northminster Presbyterian Church Annual Art Show 2007
Cincinnati Art Club Sketch Group Show 2007, John Rettig First Place Sketch Group Award
Cincinnati Art Club Sketch Group Show 2008, John Rettig First Place Sketch Group Award
Cincinnati Art Club Viewpoint Show 2007
Maple Knoll Village 2008 Fall Show
Secret Artworks, 2008
College Hill Urban Redevelopment 2008 Silent Auction
2008 Exhibit of Selected Paintings by Richard Luschek and Linda Crank
Presence Art Exhibit, Group Show, Cincinnati, 2009
Represented by Clossons, 2008-2009