Hot Dog Stand in NYCLaura (Yi Zhen) Chen
Acrylic painting on Stretched linen
Finished white edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front
20 " h x 16 " w x .75 " d |0 lbs. 12 oz.
An expressionist view of an evening in New York painted in bold blocks of color. Laura flattened the architecture in the background, giving the scene a theatrical feeling. The characters provide a rich storyline. "It doesn't matter how many times I have been to NYC, every time I get off the train, I am lured by its vibrant night life, its color and energy," she says.
Cary, North Carolina
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.