Los Angeles-based emerging artist Jolene Lai is getting attention for Allegory, her meticulous oil series of female characters from Chinese mythology and literature. Born in Singapore, and inspired by her traditional Asian upbringing, she puts a contemporary face on folk tales to help explain Chinese characteristics today. Click on images for the story behind each painting. (Above: The Butcher / Original Story Title: Daughter of the Cruel King)
Dance of the Magpies (Love story between a weaver and a cowherd)
Honey Roasted (The man with one leg)
Dear Diary (Her deadly secret)
The Concoction (The figure that stands below the bridge)
Daphne’s Toys (The Becoming of Lust)
A Moonlit Meadow (An elixir, a lady on the moon, a jade rabbit, and an archer)
Jolene Lai is an artist and illustrator based in Los Angeles. She graduated from Lasalle-Sia College of the Arts Singapore and UCLA Extension’s Design Communication Arts program.
See her website, here.
Her blog, here.
On Behance, here.
On Facebook, here.