By Melissa Braun
Published: Nov. 24, 2012
You remember it from high school: anti-heroes and two headed dog-monsters, scribbled on binders.
This is the unpretentious style of Lan Yao. After an eight-year hiatus, Lan is marking her return to painting with a series of beautiful and imaginative works that will be displayed over the coming weeks at Squamish Academy of Music.
The show will open with a reception at SAM this Saturday, November 24th at 8:30 pm.
Lan Yao studied Fine Arts at the Emily Carr institute of Art and Design. The following seven years she worked in the CG industry in Vancouver as a texture artist and periodically as a modeler.
During this time she is sad to admit, she hardly painted. Now Lan is living in Squamish and like many other artists, is inspired by the natural surroundings and has begun to paint again.
“Lan has a unique style that is tough to label,” says show curator, Tyson Braun. “At first glance it seems fun, youthful, sketchy and unrefined. As you continue to look, the work begins to unveil itself in complex layers of narration.”
This Saturday night, SAM is hosting a reception to open the show. The reception is from 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm at Squamish Academy of Music on Second Avenue. It will be a fun evening of art, refreshments and music. Original works and prints will be available for purchase.
For more information on SAM’s gallery space or Lan Yao’s work contact Squamish Academy of Music at 604-815-4482 or email@example.com.