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Andy Yang

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Andy Yang

Born: 1973

Hometown: Malaysia

Lives and Works: Singapore

 

Andy Yang (b. 1973, Malaysia) is a visual artist based in Singapore.
Andy received his fine art education from the renowned Malaysian Institute of Art in Kuala Lumpur, and graduated in 1994. Thereafter, Andy enjoyed a successful career as a designer/illustrator. In the mid 2000s, a trip abroad took him vis-à-vis artworks by artists such as Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso. The profound impression left on him by these experiences led him to broaden the horizons of his creativity and to explore visual artistic languages. Since then Andy has been participating in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? at The Substation Gallery (2010), Emotions at Instinc Gallery (2011), Abstract innovations at One East Asia Gallery (2013), Existential Passages at K+ Scott’s Square (2016), and The Many Glimpses of Drama at Art Forum Gallery (2017).
Early on, Andy became fascinated by the abstract form, and by the flamboyancy of the colour gold. It was as if the power of the equatorial sun had landed and scattered on his canvases bringing to life the other colours, as in Flashbacks (2011).
Furthermore, Andy considered the abstract more suitable to respond to his longstanding passion for music. The exploration into the myriads of possibilities between visual art and music led him to the creation of works under musical stimuli, and also in collaboration with, amongst others, local indie band The Observatory. In Anitya 1 (2011) the artist exposes the process of his art making in full cycle, from creation to destruction, and provides the compelling visual focal point to the music played live by The Observatory, at the Earl Lu Gallery of the Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore. And again, in the collaborative Spooky Action (at a Distance) presented for ArtScience Late in 2015 at the ArtScience Museum Singapore, Andy’s music and installation converge and blend in the impromptu performance by Strangeweather Movement Group.
Another distinctive character of the artist’s art making process is the way he applies the carefully selected colours. Andy does not proceed deliberately and in full control. Instead, he uses air blown from various implements to allow the colours to be dispersed in a way that combines harmoniously the antithetical forces of control and fortuity: space, materials, implements become co-creators alongside the artist, as in Breaking Barriers Of The Unknown (2014).
In recent years, Andy, grown confident in his familiar approach, and in unconscious pursuit of fresher challenges, has begun exploring a new direction: his field of vision embraces a wider and more balanced perspective. In his artwork for Chok Kerong’s album Tales They Told Me (2017), Andy uses ink and acrylics on paper: emptiness and silence play as much a part as the asemic writing, notes and pentagram’s lines pirouetting and swaying in the energetic composition. In Just Another Evening (2017), the indelible memory of a sunset is distilled, decomposed in its nuanced and essential elements, and conveyed on paper with a composed, measured, and a confident maturity.

"Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colours, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential." Wassily Kandinsky

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We Are A Part of One Another

Andy Yang, Singapore

Painting

US$ 5,800

Before Today

Andy Yang, Singapore

Watercolour

US$ 3,000

Spectrum

Andy Yang, Singapore

Watercolour

US$ 3,000

Sunkissed

Andy Yang, Singapore

Watercolour

US$ 3,000

Morning Dew

Andy Yang, Singapore

Painting

US$ 5,200

Misty

Andy Yang, Singapore

Painting

US$ 5,200

Floating

Andy Yang, Singapore

Painting

US$ 5,200

Somewhere Down The Road

Andy Yang, Singapore

Painting

US$ 5,200


About Andy Yang


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What inspires you?

Currently it's mortality, human relationships and nature. Fragile and inevitable.


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Describe your creative process.

Most of the time I would pick up an idea or topic from the collection from my sketchbook. Rough ideas that I have recorded throughout the years waiting for me to work on them. I will work on them for a while and see if they are worth pursuing before I dedicate more time to develop them.


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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Conversational, emotive and alive.


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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Claude Monet, David Hockney and Howard Hodgkin are the all time favourites. Of late, it has to be Cecily Brown, Liu Xiao Dong and Goh Beng Kwan.


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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

This has to be my pencil, portable watercolour kit and sketchbook to record my ideas on the go.


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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Always give your all in whatever you do. Don't waste time. Life may be taken away from you at any time.


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Where do you go for inspiration?

Most of the time it's music and nature. Soundscapes and beautiful sunrises/sunsets.

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