About the Artist

Stephanie Law's work is an exploration of mythology mixed with her personal symbolism. Her art journeys through surreal otherworlds, populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows. The fantastical permeates through the visions, and you get a sense that this is a world that underlies our own, when viewed with a desire for beauty and a shifted perception.

Archetypes, the basis for the universal appeal of mythological concepts, are one of the defining inspirations for her imagery. This is mingled with the movement of dance. Stephanie has been a dancer for almost two decades, and she uses that experience of how the human body moves and emotes to create a bridge into her artwork so that not only do the humans dance across the page, but the very branches of her trees seem to move with a sinuous grace, and the arrangement of inanimate elements has a choreographed rhythm and flow.

Growing up in California, Stephanie has been surrounded by the wealth of natural inspiration all around her. The twisting boughs of live oaks from the hills near her home insinuate themselves into her paintings. The chaos of Nature's wild growth, and conversely the beauty of decay, echo in the textures and fractal patterns of her work.

She began her illustration career working with many fantasy gaming companies. Early on, she did pieces for Wizards of the Coast in Magic: the Gathering and Forgotten Realms, as well as with Skotos Tech (Castle Marrach), White Wolf (Changeling), Alderac Entertainment (Legend of Five Rings), and Green Ronin (Blue Rose). She also worked with publishing companies LUNA Books,Tachyon Books and Palazzo Editions.

In 2004, she embarked on a more personal long term project of what eventually was released in 2009 as The Shadowscapes Tarot, by Llewllyn Publishing. The tarot was an ideal melding of her fantasy experience with her desire for exploring archetypes and mythology. Since then, she has worked with Llewellyn Publishing on other projects, including an astrological calendar and an herbal guide. She currently has a new deck in the works, called the Dreamdance Oracle. She is also known for her series of watercolor technique books, "Dreamscapes", published through Impact Books, showing anyone how to pick up pencil and brush and embark on their own explorations into painting fantastic worlds and the creatures that inhabit them.

She exhibits original works with regular group shows at Krab Jab Studio in Seattle, WA, and solo shows; and has been a part of group shows with galleries in San Francisco, Nashville, and San Diego. Her work has also been included in the Spectrum annual of fantastic art in for several years, and at the Spectrum showcase in September 2014 at the Society of Illustrators in NY. Her recent work features insects, imaginative plants, and fae creatures, interwoven into a miniature world that is often overlooked, when size and physical permanence is equated with importance.

When not painting into the twilight hours, she can be found dancing, playing on her handpan or piano, and introducing her six year old daughter to the hidden beauties of the world.

She can be contacted by email at:
stephlaw (at) gmail (dot) com


Curriculum Vitae

 

    Publications (contributor)
  • Spectrum 22, Flesk Publications, 2015.
  • Spectrum 21, Flesk Publications, 2014.
  • Spectrum 20, Flesk Publications, 2013.

 

    Solo Exhibitions
  • * (upcoming) December 2017 - Haven Gallery, NY - Where the Sea Meets the Sky
  • June 2017 - Krab Jab Studio, Seattle, WA - Metamorph
  • June 2015 - Krab Jab Studio, Seattle, WA - Immortal Ephemera
  • March 2014 - Krab Jab Studio, Seattle, WA - Nocturnes: The Art of Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

 

    Group Exhibitions
  • November 2017 - American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York - 20th Annual International
  • November 2017 - April 2018 - The Third New York Botanical Garden Triennial - Out of the Woods
  • April 2017 - Haven Gallery, NY - Mythos
  • October 2016 - Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation - 15th Intl Exhibition of Botanical Art
  • January 2016 - Haven Gallery, NY - Music Box
  • December 2015 - Tighnabruiach Gallery, Scotland - Where Beauty Sleeps
  • December 2015 - Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA - 3rd Annual Wanderlust
  • November 2015 - Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, CA - 54th Annual Illustration Exhibition
  • November 2015 - Alexi Era, Mascoutah, IL Bestowed Upon Us
  • October 2015 - Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA - Verdant
  • October 2015 - Bergeron's Books, Oakland, CA - Annual Lovecraft Society Show
  • September 2015 - La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA - The Coaster Show
  • May 2015 - Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA - Golden
  • March 2015 - Krab Jab Studio, Seattle, WA - FAERIE III
  • March 2015 - Filoli Gardens, Redwood City, CA - 17th Annual Botanical Art Exhibit
  • March 2015 - Bergeron's Books, Oakland, CA - Down the Rabbit Hole: A Lewis Carroll Tribute
  • January 2015 - Berkeley Botanical Gardens, Berkeley, CA - 6th Annual Plants Illustrated Exhibition - Down the Garden Path
  • January 2015 - CA Native Plant Society, San Jose, CA - Annual Native Plant Exhibition
  • December 2014 - Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA - 2nd Annual Wanderlust
  • September 2014 - Society of Illustrators, New York, NY - Spectrum 2014
  • July 2014 - Krab Jab Studio, Seattle, WA - The Dark Woods: The Roots of the Faerietale
  • July 2014 - Corvidae Collective, Nashville TN - LORE
  • May 2014 - Corvidae Collective, Nashville, TN - As the Crow Flies
  • May 2014 - Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA - On Beauty
  • February 2014 - Krab Jab Studio, Seattle, WA - FAERIE II
  • January 2014 - Krab Jab Studio, Seattle, WA - Quoth the Raven
  • October 2013 - Krab Jab Studio, Seattle, WA - Divination
  • May 2013 - Gallery Nucleus, Anaheim, CA - A Saga in the Stars
  • February 2013 - Krab Jab Studio, Seattle, WA - FAERIE

 

    Group Exhibitions with Copycat Violence Collective
  • November 2015 - Gristle Tattoo, New York, NY - Interiors
  • August 2015 - Red Raven Gallery, Port Townsend, WA - Gaia
  • January 2015 - Bash Contemporary, San Francisco, CA - Myth, Magic, and Lore
  • December 2014 - Red Raven Gallery, Port Townsend, WA - Echoes of Perception
  • September 2014 - Thumbprint Gallery, San Diego, CA - Irreverent Roots

 

    Workshops Taught
  • * (upcoming) November 2016, The Fantastic Workshop, Nashville, TN
  • Learning & Product Expo: Art!, Pasadena, October 2008.

 

    Juried Awards
  • November 2015 - Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles - Silver award in Gallery category - She Sleeps
  • September 2015 - DragonCon - Art Show Best in Show - When Flowers Dream
  • January 2015 - California Native Plant Society - Second Place - Holly Leaved Cherry


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