Interview with Jamaican Painter, Laura-Anne Fung

This week we interview Jamaican teenage painter, Laura-Anne Fung. The bold colors and shapes of her canvas painting will capture the attention of any onlooker and has won her numerous awards over the past 4 years. The Hillel Academy student has a promising career ahead and is one to watch.

Tell us how you got started in art?

Art was always there throughout my school years from pre-school to high school. I took it seriously at about the age of 11. My parents bought the supplies and I was good to go. That was the beginning of it all.

What was the title of your first painting and do you still have it?

I don’t think it has a title and yes I still have it.

What is your favorite medium?

Acrylic Paints

You do alot of abstract work. Do you prefer abstracts?

I feel expression through abstract is less stressing as opposed to a realistic piece. It allows my thought and movements to flow without boundaries.

Have you won any awards for you work?

Yes many. I’ve been entering the JCDC visual arts competition since 2006 and I’ve won awards every year from merits to gold medals.

You recently had your first solo exhibit. At 18 what was that experience like?

It was a lovely, fun and exciting experience and I’m glad I was able to share it with the public.

Are you currently in school for visual arts?
No. I recently finished 6th form at Hillel Academy. I’ve had no formal training for art and I’m self taught.

Which Jamaican artist do you admire the most?

Barrington Watson

What inspires you when you are painting?

Any and everything.

What is your definition of an artist?

Anyone with a creative mind.

Who are listening to on your ipod/mp3 player?

Like Boom – vita chambers

I sing in the shower to…
Lol..I don’t sing in the shower.

My idea of an great day is….

A day with interviews or meetings with potential buyers.

Are there any new projects you are working on and what can we look forward to for 2011?

Not sure yet for 2011 but I’m full of surprises. I have a group exhibition coming up Dec 2010 in NYC at The Broadway Gallery. Apart from that I am doing some charity work.

You can view Laura-Anne Fung’s work at her website.

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Xavier Murphy