Delicate, tortured souls who pout and glower from behind shimmering, windblown locks are a welcome fantasy theme. Linda Bergkvist obviously revels in this long-standing tradition, but many of her most luminously beautiful creatures share a common, if controversial trait: they’re men.
When the artist formerly known as Enayla isn’t wickedly pricking our sexual biases, she is still creating compelling, layered portraits that are equal parts haunting and hopeful. Many of Ms. Bergkvist’s moody figures restlessly wait in their darkly vibrant environs, for a sign or omen that may never come. Other of her more carefree creations simply live in the moment, enjoying the life and companions they’re given.
Whatever your outlook, you’ll certainly enjoy Linda’s beautiful works. Just leave your gender issues at the door.
Written by Jeff in January of 2006. Last edited September 2014.