The inspiration for this painting came from the color of this house. This house was on the brink of being torn down. Its simple geometric shapes, purple roof, and beautiful colors have so much dignity. I simplified the windows and other shapes in an attempt to preserve this dignity.

The piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes ready to hang. 

- Laura (Yi Zhen) Chen

The Yellow Green House

Acrylic painting on stretched linen

Signed on front

18" 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.