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Linnea was born in Minneapolis on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1979 and was carried home during a snowstorm. She grew up in the small town of Mound and always drew. Her attraction to visual drama started early: when she was only 32 inches tall, she stood in the kitchen doorway and was shocked as Grandma removed all her teeth at once. This was the first vivid image that impressed itself on her memory and precluded a lifetime of visual thinking.

Later, leaning on the bark of a thin limb midway up her favorite maple tree, Linnea was touched by the tenderest breeze. It was filled with the sensation of perfection and she could feel it contained all the secrets of the alternate nature of the universe. The sensation of unutterable beauty has caused years of daydreaming and unremitting attempts at translating the elusive feelings into shapes communicating complexities bigger than words, a little picture guide to these unidentifiable but poignant emotions.

Linnea studied illustration at Washington University In St Louis and cultivated her current graphic style after taking a woodcut print class, where under the direction of a spontaneously combusting maniac she developed a penchant for triphop in the wee hours of the morning and putting thick outlines around objects in her drawings.

In 2004 the Robots invaded. Eventually Linnea would marry a rocket scientist.

Currently, Linnea spends her time making art out of her home near the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles. Linnea also retains a Minnesota art studio in a converted casket factory in Northeast Minneapolis, and she is represented by The Abstracted Gallery. Her projects include acrylic and oil paintings, murals, commissions, and collaborations; action painting with rock bands, classical saxophonists, and electronic music DJs; freelance illustration, designing furniture, making pictures for children’s books, and staring at the sky through moving branches, most notably palm trees.

Her thoughts are still all pictures, and she fills pages of sketchbooks with secret nonsense and meandering doodles, out of which evolve series of characters brimming with internal dialogue. Linnea paints them into pictures to nudge you to believe in her imagined reality where colors are twice as bright, love is infinitely more vivid, and the world is condensed into simple, crystallized pleasures, so just a smile ignites a connection to make any distance small.


Current & Upcoming Shows



Solo Exhibits

  • 2013 Jul Showroom, Showroom, Minneapolis
  • 2013 Apr Stage Fright, Maestoso Music Studio, St Louis Park
  • 2013 Mar Robot Invasion, Salon Ori, St. Paul
  • 2013 Mar They Had Lasers, Pizza Luce Downtown, Minneapolis
  • 2013 Mar First Thursdays, Studio 316, Minneapolis
  • 2012 Dec Coffee Robot, Dunn Bros Eagan, Eagan
  • 2012 Jul New Vintage, Buffalo Exchange, Minneapolis
  • 2012 Jul Paint & Grapes, Northern Vineyards Winery, Stillwater
  • 2011 Dec Tiny Love, Butter Bakery Cafe, Minneapolis
  • 2012 Apr Mod Robots, FindFurnish Showroom, Minneapolis
  • 2012 Feb Paralyzed, Honey Lounge, Minneapolis
  • 2012 Jan Action, WorkAround office center, Minneapolis
  • 2011 Jun Summer Bright, Janine's Coffeehouse, Minneapolis
  • 2011 Apr Bird Themes, Ginkgo Gallery, Minneapolis
  • 2010 Dec Losing Direction, The Independent, Minneapolis
  • 2009 Dec Art Underground, Honey Lounge, Minneapolis
  • 2006 Jul Shift Change, Sandy Green Gallery, Minneapolis
  • 2005 Apr Something Springy, Caffe Tempo, Minneapolis
  • 2004 Jun Cairdeas Coffee, Cairdeas Coffee, St Louis, MO

Group Exhibits

  • 2013 Apr Harriet Brewery: Robotartbeer, Harriet Brewery, Minneapolis
  • 2013 May Art4Shelter, Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis
  • 2012 Nov Northeast Arts Storefront, Gaviidae Commons, Skyway Level, Minneapolis
  • 2012 Pop Up Gallery, Ad Hoc Art Gallery, Minneapolis
  • 2011-2012 NE Artist Feature, Hazel's Restaurant, Minneapolis
  • 2010 Feb Foot in the Door 4, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis
  • 2008 Dec Frank Stone Gallery, Minneapolis
  • 2012 May Art at One, One Yoga, Minneapolis
  • 2012 May Art4Shelter, Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis
  • 2012 Apr Marcy Arts Gala, Soap Factory, Minneapolis
  • 2011 Jun spotOut, Spot Art, Minneapolis
  • 2011 Apr Glitter Ball 4, Grainbelt Bottling House, Minneapolis
  • 2011 Apr Deviant Art, Northrup King Gallery, Minneapolis
  • 2008 Mar Living Art, Anodyne, Minneapolis
  • 2007 Nov Mural Gallery, Eastside Coop, Minneapolis
  • 2007 Mar Art to /Di/ For, Anodyne, Minneapolis
  • 2006 Mar Art is the Key, Anodyne, Minneapolis
  • 2005 Apr Dunn Bros Local Flavor, Dunn Bros, Minneapolis
  • 2004 Dec A Show of Art, Fallout Urban Art Center, Minneapolis


  • 2012 Jul BRUSH|REED, World Saxophone Co, Edinborough, Scotland
  • 2011 Loring Theater Live, Loring Theater
  • 2011 Jul BRUSH|REED, Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
  • 2009-2010 Sample Night Live
  • 2009 Sep BRUSH|REED, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • 2009 Feb BRUSH|REED, Smith Center for the Arts
  • 2008-2009 Marvelle performances
  • 2008 Dec Action Painting, Jazz Soloist
  • 2008 Sep Action Painting, Everett Smithson Band
  • -0001 Nov BRUSH|REED
  • 2013 October BRUSH|REED, Buffalo, NY


  • 2013 May Art-A-Whirl 2013, Inside The Robot, Minneapolis
  • 2012 Dec Holiday Show, Dave Royce Gallery
  • 2012 May Spring Boutique, Mills Church, Minnetonka
  • 2012 May Art-A-Whirl 2012, Inside The Robot, Minneapolis
  • 2011 Nov/Dec White Rabbit Varitety Shoppe, Minneapolis
  • 2011 Nov/Dec Mama's Happy, Mound
  • 2011 Aug ArtiCulture, Minneapolis


  • 2011 the stranger, a haiku voiced from the roof of the world
  • 2004 Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • 2004 Adansonia Vol. 26 no. 1



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