L I A N N G
Originally from Malaysia, Lian Ng started out as a Graphic Designer in Seattle, Washington before moving to San Francisco, California. He has freelanced and worked as an Art Director and Designer at prestigious design agencies such as Hornall Anderson Design, Cahan & Associates, and Character SF. His experience ranges from print, packaging, retail graphics to environmental design. Ng’s work has been published internationally in design books and magazines, and is included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In addition to being a graphic designer, Ng is a printmaker working in Screenprint, Letterpress, Relief and Intaglio, as well as painting in Watercolor. Participation in art residencies have included Druckwerk Basel in Switzerland and the Venice Printmaking Studio in Venice, Italy. Ng also operates Publique Living, where he designs and promotes his creations.
Influenced by my background in Mathematics and Computer Science, my art and design often incorporates mathematical algorithms, as well as typography and architectural references. My interest in pattern generation has been a recurring theme in my art, often resulting in works that show elements being expanded or manipulated to create systems where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I’m also fascinated by naturally recurring pattern, or texture, that is non-repeating but influenced by the environment—such as wood grain, and the residual effects from the process of evaporation and crystallization. Most of my work has an underlying formal structure but still maintain a sense of organic fluidity by the use of color, texture and composition.