Hi, I'm Lavennz, a Malaysian artist living in Maine. My work is offering a way of self-reflection in order to find inner peace in our complicated life.
.01 | FROM EAST TO WEST
I was born on Penang island, northwest state of Malaysia. I grew up moving a lot within the island before I went south to Kuala Lumpur for my degree study, spent a few months in Malacca, stay another three years back in Penang and finally took a 8000 miles of flight to Maine, the pine tree state I called home since fall of 2013.
.02 | ABOUT MY ART
I attempt to mix realism with abstract art, using multiple thin layers of paints to build up the delicate details while keeping the surface eggshell-smooth. Working mostly in graphite and oils with a touch of acrylic and ink, my works often centered on a finely rendered female figure floating in an ethereal dreamscape, penetrate deeply into the subconscious reverie, giving the feel of being self-contained world.
.03 | THE JOURNEY
Art has always been my favorite subject since my first year in school, which inspired me to draw from an early age. Regrettably, my relationship with painting was interrupted intermittently by all kinds hobbies as I grew up. Not until I was doing the last year of my engineering study, I reconnected with my artist’s dream. Most of my skill was gained thru years of self-study but my chase after high realism art persuaded me to take a year of online study under renowned artist, Sadie Valeri, to learn the techniques used by 19th century master artists, which has greatly influenced my artistic style.
.04 | THE REASON I PAINT
It took me years to realize I was living a discontent outwardly-focused life, where happiness is measures by who we are, what we have and how other sees us. This lifestyle brought me endless resentment and desires. Thus, I begun to create paintings inspired by stories from nature, people and my personal experiences. It becoming my way of self-reflection and self-acceptance, and I wish they could inspire you to find your inner self and inner peace.
.05 | A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ME
My works have appeared in various shows, in Greater Portland, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Vancouver. In 2018, I have my first solo show in Portland, Maine. Other than art, I live for coffee, early morning, grey sky, snows and rains.
Born in Penang, Malaysia
Based in South Portland, Maine
2014 - 2015
Online Atelier, Sadie Valeri Atelier, San Francisco, California
2007 - 2010
BEng Electrical & Electronic, UTAR, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
"The Colors in Life", coworkHERS, Portland ME
"Perfect 10", La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA
"Floriography", Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
"In The Forests: Art Against Sex Violence", New Fruit, Portland, ME
Art Kudos International Juried Exhibition, Online
"Quotes, Lines, Lyrics", Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"I Am The Law", Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"King For A Day", Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Drawing on The Past", Burrards Arts Foundation, Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Booooooom & Herschel Supply
Finalist, Art Kudos International Juried Exhibition
Artist Spotlight, BOOOOOOOM
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