Featured Artist Shanlin Ye

Artist Shanlin Ye creates fascinating portraits, using the inherent fluidity of watercolor in an intriguing signature style. See more of her work by visiting her website.

 

“Monologue #14” Watercolor on Paper, 11” x 14” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York) by artist Shanlin Ye. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Monologue #14” Watercolor on Paper, 11” x 14” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York)

 

As an immigrant and an artist, I’m trying to find a way to combine Eastern and Western, traditional and contemporary, and express something of my own personal struggle.

 

“Figure #14” Watercolor on Paper, 14” x 11” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York) by artist Shanlin Ye. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Figure #14” Watercolor on Paper, 14” x 11” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York)

 

Painting is my way to observe, understand and connect with this world.

 

“Figure #5” Watercolor on Paper, 11” x 14” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York) by artist Shanlin Ye. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Figure #5” Watercolor on Paper, 11” x 14” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York)

 

In the last two years I have worked on paper with heads and figures using watercolor, which I had never tried before.

 

“Figure #2” Watercolor on Paper, 11” x 14” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York) by artist Shanlin Ye. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Figure #2” Watercolor on Paper, 11” x 14” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York)

 

As part of my BFA and MFA studies in China, I trained in several art forms including oil painting, mural painting, textiles and sculpture and Chinese ink painting.

 

“Figure #24” Watercolor on Paper, 11” x 14” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York) by artist Shanlin Ye. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Figure #24” Watercolor on Paper, 11” x 14” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York)

 

I make use of washes to form an abundance of effects. I am fascinated by the fluidity and ungoverned nature of watercolor. I enjoy watching the water and the color dancing on paper.

 

“Reflection #11” Watercolor on Paper, 22” x 15" (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York) by artist Shanlin Ye. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Reflection #11” Watercolor on Paper, 22” x 15″ (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York)

 

Colors flow delicately together and transitions between them resolve themselves naturally. For me each painting is a thrilling, new adventure and improvisational performance.

 

“Reflection #8” Watercolor on Paper, 22” x 15” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York)by artist Shanlin Ye. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Reflection #8” Watercolor on Paper, 22” x 15” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York)

 

Creating portraits and figures is a spiritual experience for me.

 

“Reflection #20” Watercolor on Paper, 22” x 15” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York) by artist Shanlin Ye. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Reflection #20” Watercolor on Paper, 22” x 15” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York)

 

I try to reveal an unseen part of human existence and human identification in my paintings.

 

“Reflection #9” Watercolor on Paper, 22” x 15” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York) by artist Shanlin Ye. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Reflection #9” Watercolor on Paper, 22” x 15” (Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York)

 

I hope viewers can find some part of themselves resonates in my paintings.

 

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  1. Awesome and inspiring. Disturbingly beautiful.

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