Yann Brien is a French graphic artist based in London. In his work, he explores how we subjectively interpret and relate to structured visual information.

Drawing inspiration from Gestalt psychology, he creates paintings and prints that begin as freehand sketches. They evolve digitally, until they become empty vessels, and no element can be further added or taken away from the compositions without altering the essence of the original intent.

Through repetition of geometric elements and a minimal, high-contrast colour palette, his pieces playfully challenge our understanding of perceptual organisation, volume and depth. Yann aims to actively engage viewers, inviting them to project their own narratives onto the abstract forms.

In 2008 Yann completed an MA in visual arts (illustration) at Camberwell College of Arts.

In 2009–10, he worked as a print technician and led screen-printing workshops at Print Club London. In 2011 he worked as a lecturer for Apt Arts, a charity that provided young people from deprived backgrounds with access to the arts. In 2012–13 he furthered his experience by working as a studio assistant to Bridget Riley, where he contributed to both domestic and international projects.

Currently, Yann collaborates with architects, interior designers and curators to produce large-scale wall paintings for commercial and residential spaces. He is a key-holder at Thames-Side Print Studios and regularly participates in exhibitions and art fairs to showcase and sell his work.