Photographer paints with light, cameraGallery North exhibit features photography, oil paintings
Well known for her painterly photography, award-winning artist Wei Chen uses light as paint and the camera as her brush.
Chen’s photography and oil paintings make up this month’s featured exhibit – “Moment & Eternity” – at Gallery North in downtown Edmonds.
Chen will be on hand during an opening reception from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 8, as well as during the Edmonds Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. April 20. Attendees to either event are invited to enter a drawing to win a free print of the artist’s work.
The exhibit includes Chen’s work from her painterly photography series and her Fishing Poetry series of photos taken while traveling in Asia in 2016.
Wei Chen took a two-month journey through southern and western China, visiting many places of exotic culture and beauty. This trip was inspirational for her as she finally realized her dream of capturing the essence of a South Sea fishing region in a unique, woodcut-like style.
“When you see people who still live a very ancient lifestyle, you realize that life does not need to be luxurious to be beautiful or to make people happy,” Chen said.
“Being there and experiencing those fleeting and yet timeless moments, the simplicity and authenticity touched me. I hope that my images will bring awareness and a greater appreciation of life to my viewers.”
In addition to her photographic work, Chen explores the medium of oil painting in this exhibit with impressionistic paintings, which also record the sentiments of her travels.
Chen moved to the U.S. 16 years ago after growing up in China, and currently resides in Seattle.