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Textural Landscapes: The Painting Portfolio of Leigh Wen

An oil painting of a mountainous landscapeYu Shang #4, oil on canvas

Leigh Wen was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and now lives and works in New York City. The artist uses oil paint to create expansive landscape paintings that use a fascinating combination of planes of colour and tiny, thread-line lines, building dreamlike, textural landscapes

An oil painting of a raging fireFire XI, oil on canvas


I really love how Wen’s works feel different depending on the distance from which they are observed. At a distance, they come together as beautifully abstracted landscapes, with compositions that almost seem to draw on traditional Chinese watercolours, though without the same emphasis on negative space, and with more saturated, vibrant colouring. The artist’s technique of layering fine line art over deep planes of colour begs a closer look, and in a detailed view it’s easy to get lost tracing the flow of the artist’s hand.


The artist’s current portfolio is organized into natural elements, and it’s fascinating to see how the artist’s style shifts -- and stays the same -- in the accommodation and evocation of different elements, like air, water, and fire.

A painting of a dark ocean under a pale horizon lineDeep Sea I, oil on linen

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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