Mei Yim Low
“I have enjoyed drawing and painting faces for as long as I can remember.”
Mei Yim Low is a landscape and portrait painter who specialises in watercolour painting. Low studied at Canterbury College of Art, and subsequently Kingston University, London. Graduating in the late seventies her work has developed consistently and coherently over the last 25 years. Her reliable and dependable approach to both landscape and portrait painting has built a formidable reputation and strong client base.
“The fascination for faces is a basic human instinct.” she says. “We are identified mainly by our faces. Our sense of self is formed largely from our relationship with others via their facial expressions. Our innermost thoughts and emotions are so often displayed on our faces.”
Believing that, “Our spirits shine through our faces”, her passion for painting people translates into powerful portraits that reflect her desire to capture more than the physical likeness of the sitter. Measuring the success of a portrait by its ability to capture and reflect the sitter’s spirit and personality, her work is both meticulous and conscientious in its approach. Her sense of diligence and sensitivity for her subjects, serves to enhance the experience for the commissioner. “The parents of the children whose portraits I painted have been thrilled and surprised at the likeness. One of the comments was that I’d captured not only their child’s physical appearance but also their spirit. This, I felt was the greatest of compliments, coming from parents who would be the best critics and judges of the work.”
In addition to her commission based portraiture, Low produces landscapes paintings in watercolour. “I paint and draw in an attempt to interpret a view, a feeling or a memory of an event.” says Mei Yim Low, adding, “Much of my recent landscape paintings are inspired by travel and the exhilaration of experiencing spectacular and unfamiliar landscape. When painting on location, the act of intense, silent observation provides greater opportunity to absorb the experience of time and place.”
Mei Yim Low graduated from Kingston University in 1977. She subsequently worked as a children’s book Illustrator before dividing her time between teaching and painting. Her work has been published by Walker Books, Heinemann, Methuen, Blackie, BBC Enterprises, Oxford University Press and Ginn. She has exhibited both her landscape and portrait work across London where it is held in private collections.