I use bright and vibrant color to capture the very essence of the downtown apex. The place is so lively and full of rich history. The mixture and varieties of restaurants and specialty shops make it rather unique scene.  

This piece is on gallery wrapped linen with finished edges. It comes ready to hang. 

- Laura (Yi Zhen) Chen

Downtown Apex

Acrylic painting on stretched linen

Signed on front

24" h x 24" w x .75" d
0 lbs. 0 oz.



Laura (Yi Zhen) Chen
Cary, North Carolina

Getting to Know Laura (Yi Zhen)

Laura begins the painting process by taking multiple photographs, which she then combines and sketches into one composition. She takes a spontaneous approach to color, and often finds that her final paintings are quite different than her original intentions. As such, her color palette is vibrant and at times unexpected. Laura’s artwork is executed with stylized modernism, featuring heavy outlines and dramatic shadows. Much of her subject matter is architectural. “I especially like historical buildings in my area,” says Laura. “I am fascinated by the geometric shapes of the old buildings, their varieties and repetitions, their dramatic color contrast. To me, their simple structures have personality and dignity.” Laura works best when her studio is clean and well organized, and finds inspiration in the “miles of good paintings” hanging in the world’s great museums.