Hi, I'm Lavennz, a Malaysian artist living in Maine. I create contemporary Chinese art as a way to introduce you the ancient Chinese culture and offering new perspectives.
.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 | BECOMING AN ARTIST
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.
.03 | THE REASON I PAINT
With a complete education in the Chinese language and literature, celebrated all sorts of Chinese traditional festivals, I thought I knew the culture of my heritage very well. But lately, I discovered my understanding of that cultures was just the surface. I begun to research about Chinese culture that has thousands years of history as a way of connecting to my heritage, which unexpectedly inspires me to create paintings as a way of appreciating the ancient Chinese culture. I hope these paintings could add value to your understanding of Chinese culture, and perhaps, offering you new perspectives.
.04 | MY CREATIVE PROCESS
In my current on-going series, 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 the drawing, usually the landscape behind the female figure who is the center of the painting. Following by are are multiple layers of translucent oil paints to build up the delicate detail while keeping the surface eggshell smooth.
.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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