Andy Yang (b. 1973, Malaysia) is a visual artist based in Singapore. Yang enjoyed a successful career as an illustrator for over a decade, including the design of the coat of arms for the Singapore Pavilion at the 52nd La Biennale di Venezia in 2007. In the mid 2000s, his initial passion for art was rekindled by a few trips abroad, which took him to come vis-à-vis artworks by artists such as Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso. The profound impression left on him by these experiences led him, upon his return to Singapore, to broaden the horizons of his creativity and to explore how art could better serve it.
Since 2007 Yang has been regularly participating in many group and solo exhibitions in Singapore. After the first few initial figurative investigations, Yang gradually moved to the abstract plane. He felt that this was the most fertile ground for his artistic research, essentially because of the freedom afforded to him in exploring colours and forms. It was not long before Yang became seduced by the flamboyancy and immense power of the colour gold. It was as if all the power of the equatorial sun had landed on his canvases bringing to life the other colours around and beneath it. 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. Another essential character, which distinguishes Yang’s paintings and his progressing artistic research – though it is not immediately apprehended when looking at them – is the way the artist spreads the carefully selected colours. Of late, Yang turned to outward silence to be able to listen to the sounds coming from within himself and which materialise on his canvas in an explosion of inner life, as he prepares for his next solo exhibition in late 2015.
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