The Shanghai-born visual artist demonstrates the graphic potential of graphite, depicting immersive worlds of hypnotic texture.

Working with sublime detail and a playful eye for perspective, visual artist, Vicki Ling, has amassed a seriously impressive portfolio of meditative monochrome drawings. With solo exhibitions in Berlin and Shanghai already under her belt, as well as some recent atmospheric album covers for Craft Spells and Memory Map, the recent Central Saint Martins graduate is clearly deserving of continued attention.

Taking dreams as inspiration, the Shanghai and London-based image maker uses a mixture of graphite and watercolour to conjure landscapes that are once serene and subversive. Capturing a vast range of subtle textures, from the acute folds of draped fabric, to smooth marble, the enthralling tactility of Vicki's images sits poetically alongside her injections of surreal narrative, with human bodies peeking from amongst seas of drawn walls and doors.

The enthralling compositional ability that Vicki possesses allows her to develop worlds of real complexity with very limited materials, and is a magnificent advert for the potential of the drawn image. We highly recommend you immerse yourself in the small fraction of her extensive visual world that we have sampled below.

To see more of Vicki's work, visit her website.


From 'Sojourn'

From 'Rear Window'

From 'Rear Window'

From 'Rear Window'

From 'A Picture on the Wall'

Cover art for Craft Spells' 'Nausea'

Cover art for Memory Map's 'The Sky As Well As Space'

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