A self-taught artist, James Lai creates representational abstract art using his distinctive post-impressionism and pseudo-naive style. His abstract paintings are created with a strong focus on vision, the process of abstraction, techniques in the application of paint, colour palette and striking a fine balance between technical and emotion. In his abstract landscape paintings, James used an inventive and pseudo-naïve style to project simplicity and employed whimsical elements to give a distinctive character to the Australian landscape. James is a finalist in the 2019 Paddington, Hornsby, Hawkesbury and Blacktown City art prizes. His artworks are held in private collections in the major cities and regions within New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.