Hi, I'm Lavennz, Malaysian artist living in Maine.
I'm combining western and eastern traditional mediums into one contemporary painting as a way to appreciate the traditional art making process while reflecting the present-day issues.
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.
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.
In my recent works, I’m intending to make my oil paintings look like traditional Chinese art, especially the Gongbi technique (Chinese fine line realism painting). I started my painting with several acrylic washes to toned down the background before transferring drawing on top. I’ll use small brush with Chinese Ink (from grinding ink stick in water on ink stone) to outline part of the drawing, such as the landscape behind the female figure, following by multiple layers of translucent oil paints to build up the delicate detail while keeping the surface eggshell smooth.
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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