The tea house was lit by the afternoon sun, creating a peacefulness I wanted to capture. The gnarled tree outside the windows produced dynamic shapes.  This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with unpainted white edges. It comes ready to hang.

- Laura (Yi Zhen) Chen

Tea House

Acrylic painting on stretched linen

Signed on front

20" h x 16" 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.