Artist
Laura (Yi Zhen) Chen 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.

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    About The Artist

    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.

    Artist Statement

    I like to see and identify shapes of color, describing their interaction with light, how light outlines some of the geometric shapes and reveals architectural features of the buildings. I use vibrant colors and bold strokes to intensify and simplify the buildings' forms, to exaggerate the effect of light. I am always looking for color harmony or contrast to describe interesting shapes of shadows cast by the light to capture the mood of the house at certain times of the day. My objective is to make the landscape look more alive and engaging to the viewers by capturing the gesture of trees and describing mood and personalities of the houses.

    I often sketch out the composition before I start to paint. These rough sketches often tell me about its abstract quality which I believe is crucial even for image based paintings. I rely on my drawing skills and let intuition and spontaneity guide me during the initial process.

    Artist Background


    Bachelor of Arts, 2016

    Meredith College

    Bachelor of Arts, 1993

    Hear What Collectors Say About Laura (Yi Zhen)'s Work

    Laura (Yi Zhen) Chen 10/8/2018 | 4:09 PM

    Hello P Free, Thank you for the posting and liking my paintings, which piece in particular do you like? Laura

    commentsTown on the Hill
    P Free 10/8/2018 | 2:53 PM

    Or do you have any other collections elsewhere?

    commentsTown on the Hill
    P Free 10/8/2018 | 2:53 PM

    but they prices are little beyond me. Would you have any flexibility on your prices?

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    P Free 10/8/2018 | 2:52 PM

    Hi Zhen. I REALLY love your paintings. I found you on this website by complete accident. I would love to buy one of your

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