Born and raised in Seattle, Ian Chen grew up exploring all forms of art. Since 2013, he has dedicated himself to perfecting the art of oil painting.
“I have a full time job. I don’t need money. I paint in my free time. I create because I want to. This freedom is the essence of my art.”
Published Interview in Seattle Refined (July 2017):
Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Ian Chen: I have been oil painting for the past 4 years. Since I don't have a ton
of time to create, I work exclusively to perfect my skills in oil painting. I start
with an idea based upon my experience as an Asian-
Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
I believe there is a lack of genuine Asian-
Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
My "Bruce Lee in Style" painting is my favorite piece. Especially as an Asian-
If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
My work is currently hanging at Revolution Wine Shop & Bar in Capitol Hill. I am currently working on a 30 in. x 40 in. oil painting expressing the every day anxiety of working a corporate job.
Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
You can catch me drinking iced coffee (with a little cream) at a local cafe not named Starbucks.