Born in Hong Kong, China in 1964, Lun Tse grew up in a bustling family. One of ten siblings, including a twin brother, Tse’s parents named their son “Lun” which translates to “dragon” in English, thus destining their son for greatness. Tse’s work — which melds bold, rich color, thoughtful brushstrokes and delicate imagery brings to mind this traditional Chinese symbol, a creature both possessing elegance and commanding power.
In 1967, Tse’s family relocated to the lively borough of Chinatown in San Francisco. They then moved to Salinas, California, a decision that prompted Tse to explore his artistic talents. In Salinas, his twin began writing, which sparked Tse’s own innate desire to create. He began drawing intricate illustrations to accompany his brother’s unique stories.
In high school, Tse focused primarily on his art classes and received a scholarship post-graduation. Immediately thereafter, he relocated to Tampa, where he began experimenting with a variety of mediums and subjects. With the help of instructional art books, Tse polished his craft and used his expanding knowledge to pursue freelance projects on the side. He considered each venture an opportunity to expand his prowess as both an artist and a professional in his field. Ever persevering, Tse won numerous festival awards during this period, and even had his work featured at a number of posh Boca Raton galleries. Tse was quickly hired as an Art Director for a Tampa art company. The experience gave him a greater appreciation for the painstaking process behind fine art construction, and the delicate details that make individual pieces special.
Throughout Tse’s years as an artist, he has discovered the unique technique of sponge painting. This technique provides a different and unique dimension of painting he could not achieve with a traditional brush. He is a master of sponge painting and has published several instructional books on this subject.
Other books he has published include: Painting Murals Fast & Easy, Painter’s Quick Reference – Trees & Foliage, Painter’s Quick Reference – Landscapes, and Sponge Painting all by North Light Publications.
Tse’s work has been displayed at many nationally and internationally acclaimed trade fairs and fine galleries. His pieces, often large-scale landscapes or floral motifs, possess a dreamlike quality that is mesmerizing, but precise. Tse’s breathtaking style is marked by hazily blended vibrant colors and wispy brushstrokes. Each piece he creates has its own special story that often recalls Tse’s diverse upbringing, spanning two very different continents and cultures.
“I find great satisfaction in creating artworks that are done well,” Lun says. “To have them well received by any audience brings a total sense of accomplishment. When a collector takes my artwork for their own to enrich their homes — this gives me a sense of contribution.”
Tse currently lives and works creating fine art in Atlanta, GA.