Jolene Lai is an artist and illustrator born and raised in Singapore, currently living and working in Los Angeles. Although colorful and vibrant there’s a great sense of mystery in Jolene’s work: in her paintings she explores cities at night and let us meet their strange inhabitants. Jolene on her seductive aesthetic:
“I find a preference towards referencing images of urban spaces I had documented in the night. Night photography has a tendency to capture secluded and obscure corners flooding with a contrast of light and shadows which in turn provides a sense of mystery in what is being hidden and revealed. The character involved in each work is developed side by side with the narrative aspect of the painting and I try to bring in subtle emotions that relates to the story. The composition of the figure and even her attire become important details in breathing life to the whimsy fantasy. All in all, these different components play important roles in trying to create a work that can be arresting.”
Jolene’s paintings are very cinematic, the scenes are vivid and look like they could be scenes from a movie. If you’re familiar with the films of director Wong Kar-wai you won’t be surprised to hear Jolene names him to be a great influence: he captures the same gorgeous, vivid nightlife of dense Asian cities.
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Source quote: Creative Spotlight #104 @ Japan Cinema