May 17, 2015

American Illustration Profiles: Gracia Lam

My latest American Illustration Profiles interview is with Gracia Lam, an illustrator who says, “My goal is to uncover hidden treasures and messages in everyday life.”

Gracia Lam creates quiet, beautiful images that tell powerful stories. Her masterful combination of elegant technique and nuanced storytelling has been showcased in high concept illustrations for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Real Simple, and other publications. There’s a classic sensibility and a modern edge to Gracia’s work that creates a visual tension that is spare and intimate—and lovely to see. With a graceful mix of painting and drawing and a restrained color palette, Gracia creates what she describes as “visual dialogues” with her work.

Gracia burst on to the scene six years ago when several of her student pieces were selected for American Illustration 27. Since then she has appeared in many top magazines and publications, and keeps a high profile with a very active social media presence. She has four illustrations in the current American Illustration 33 annual, and had 10 selected for the most recent Society of Illustrators editorial and book show. Gracia is a frequent contributor to Nautilus magazine, and last year was the featured illustrator for an entire issue.

Read the full American Illustration Profiles interview with Gracia Lam here.