Artist Statement of Yi Lin Pei

A central theme running through my portraiture series is heroes and sheroes who affected me growing up. As a child, I have always been drawn to science and art equally, admiring the likes of Einstein, Madam Curie and Frida Kahlo. As an artist, I feel my role is not to merely copy my subjects on paper, but to transform each portrait with their own personality that mirrors that of my subject, whether it be humour, strength or courage.

Using classic watercolour techniques, I start each portrait with a limited palette, choosing to emphasise the natural balance between light and shadow. I then add elements of the unexpected to create a juxtaposition that combines the real with the surreal. Each element is chosen after careful consideration of its literal and hidden meanings that allows a deeper level of interpretation.