David Edward Linn: Mormon Artist
David Edward Linn is a symbolist artist whose paintings explore spiritual passage through mortality. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many of his paintings have been featured in museums, magazines, and temples of the LDS Church. He assisted in creating the murals for the Provo City Center Temple.
His work is rendered in sepia tones set in rocky environments. He describes his work as "a meditation on themes of searching, passage, and purification through these internal wilderness places—a landscape where events and objects assume multi-layered symbolic significance and actions become ceremonial in nature."
Linn was born in 1959 in Palo Alto, California, and grew up in Los Altos Hills. He received his MFA in painting from Brigham Young University. He says he began painting shortly after birth and paused only occasionally to pursue others interests that include mountain climbing, designing objects that fly, and music composition and performance.
He and his wife, Jefra, who is a photographer, live in Utah with their three children.
His paintings are featured in various museums and private and corporate collections throughout the United States. He is represented by the Turner Carroll Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Illume Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah.