The Many Glimpses of Drama

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The Many Glimpses of Drama

There is a peculiar and overwhelming drama that is stirred in the witness to a sunrise. I have chased the sunrise for years. They take me to the pinnacle of sensory wonder which I can scarcely comprehend. At once affixed with excitement and awe, yet also permeated with regret, not really knowing why.

Each sunrise leads me to a cliff. I am at the edge of being and can seemingly go no further, nor do I necessarily feel inclined to progress. The tangible world holds me back every day. Take a step.

I traverse on thin air to a wistful memory, reliving those moments.

The sounds of a serenading choir ascend from the waters below. They are singing about Shangri-La.

I dive inward and dream of leaving my bounds and dissolving the walls of my nature.

I shelter the loves of my life.

I find and fear the beauty and balance of life and death.

My eyes never leave the sky but the sky is no longer there.

 

*A special thank you to Lazarus Wang Renyi for putting my thoughts into beautiful words.

 

Shortly after my exhibition with the mighty K+ at Scotts Square in 2016. I continued with my painting explorations, but this time round without the thought of another exhibition date in mind. I took my time to study my ideas and thoughts logged down in my sketch books and courageously tried them out. Reinventing my style of painting as I went along with this new found approach, I managed to work out quite a number of new paintings that made it for the show. Can’t wait for the launch!

Because of the limitation on invites for FB events. I could not invite everyone, so please help spread the word around. Looking forward to seeing all of you there.

It would be a great delight for me if all of you could join me for the launch of my solo exhibit, The Many Glimpses of Drama at the well esteemed gallery, Art Forum Singapore.

 

The Many Glimpses of Drama

Works by Andy Yang

 

Exhibition Reception

Saturday 12 August 2017, 3pm – 7pm

 

Exhibition is ongoing until 11 September 2017

Art Forum

82 Cairnhill Road

Singapore 229684

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‘The Vision Forward’ Painting Made-For-Singapore Turbocharged Toyota Harrier

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A couple of months ago. My long-time friend and collaborator, Calvin Soh contacted me for a possible project proposal. It turned out to be the new Made-For-Singapore Turbocharged Toyota Harrier event that was held on 20th of July, 2017. At that point in time I just completed a year long painting project of his.

Being aware of my air blown painting techniques that I use for my abstract paintings. He shared with me an idea about incorporating my painting style for a new car launch. We then proceeded to research on the idea and finally working out the details. The best part and in my humble opinion was, how he ingeniously managed to work in what I was already doing and seamlessly weaved it into the Harrier project without me having to compromise my painting style and still meet the creative brief from the client.

Together with another good friend Wee Kim and his team from K3 Communications. The idea was eventually sold to the client in it’s entirety. For that, I would have to give credit to the client, Borneo Motors, Toyota Singapore as well for believing and giving their blessings to go ahead with the idea and sticking with it to the end.

So here it is…The final image beautifully shot by Alvin Tan(Teo Studio Photography) and the video stunningly captured by Tony Kern (Mythopolis Pictures). This is the Director’s Cut version of the video.

 

The Vision Forward

1.8m(H) x 3m(W)

Acrylic On Belgian Linen

 

Special and a big thank you to :-

Creative Director and Copywriter: Calvin Soh (99 Percent Free Creative Director)

Creative Director: Goh Wee Kim (K3 Communications)

Video Director: Tony Kern (Mythopolis Pictures)

Photography: Alvin Tan (Teo Studio Photography)

Artwork: Andy Yang

Client: Borneo, Motors, Toyota Singapore

Artwork for Chok Kerong’s ‘Tales They Told Me’ LP.

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Here it is! The final artwork for Chok Kerong’s ‘Tales They Told Me’ LP.

Based on the brief by Kerong on the general idea of musical DNA being passed down from generation to generation. It led me down the path of research on ancient scrolls and how most world religions and civilisations are based on knowledge passed down orally from generation to generation. There is no right or wrong. Just the way and method that it was passed down. In fact, music was mostly shared orally way back then and still is widely shared this way.

I then went further into incorporating my ongoing obsession with asemic writing. A form of abstract calligraphy which is a wordless open semantic form of writing. It represents a type of language that is universal and lodged deep within our unconscious minds. One of the main inspirations for my art.

Like a wordless dialogue that develops between people that have shared parts of their lives together for a period of time. It is beyond words but somehow it just feels right. And when it doesn’t feel right, you will know it instantly.

With these inspirations, I came up with the idea of a ‘live’ scroll that doesn’t seem to end. Ever expanding and evolving knowledge vocabulary. An ongoing visual recording of the musical language that you share with like-minded musicians which expands your idea further.

If you look at the visual. It looks as though I am frantically trying to pen down and record as much thoughts and ideas as I can in my own written language. For fear that the moment of the arrival of the idea may be lost to time if I delay further. But at the same time it is open ended on both ends to depict the expanding and evolving vocabulary.

For the visual execution. In order to develop the best visual representation of the idea. I worked this out with Talens Indian ink and Golden acrylics, iridescent bright gold on Saunders Waterford 356gsm watercolour paper by St.Cuthberts Mill. Final size for the painting was at 660mm(H) x 1016mm(W).

It was really a pleasure working with Errol Tan on the CD and LP packaging. Will post that when I get the samples. Can’t wait too get my hands on it and share Errol Tan’s brilliance in graphic design for music albums.

A big thank you to Kerong for appreciating my work and giving me the trust to be a part of this important project of yours.

Be sure to catch the album launch and concert by Chok Kerong ‘Tales They Told Me’  on the 28th of July, Friday, 7.30pm at the Esplanade Recital Studio.

Sheltering Skies

Good to know my paintings have been moving around the globe. A good sign! Custom artwork all the way from the US from my old school friend, Michael Soo. So glad the painting is being loved and sitting nicely above the fire place and working with the surrounding home interior. Thank you, Mike and hope it will bring you joy for years to come.

Sheltering Skies

Acrylic On Canvas

Size: 55.8cm(H) x 162.5cm(W)

 

The Jaguar Art Experience 2017

Live! painting event for the The Jaguar Art Experience with Talenia Phua Gajardo In Collaboration with Singapore Fashion Week 2017.

Painting to me is like a performance to me at this point in time. At first, I would have a thought in my mind, it could be a myriad of memories of feelings and past experiences, coupled with whatever environment I am currently in, all falling into it’s own place in it’s own time. It may take a while for this to form but once I am more or less ready with the idea. That is when I will start with the crucial first marks. Once I get started, everything just sort of pours out onto the canvas. Sometimes the ideas form so fast, I have to stop to catch a breather. This is one of the reasons I enjoy painting live from time to time. It’s really a joy to see ideas revealing, forming themselves to me and holding their own ground. The final piece was named ‘The Promise of Happiness’. Acrylic on Linen. 2m(H) x 1.9m(W). The custom piece is currently with Jaguar Singapore.

Would like to thank Talenia from The Artling for curating the show and believing in my abilities and work. Awesome event management by Lumina Live! and Wearnes Automotive Singapore for being a great host. Thank you to my wonderful friends old and new who came by to support the event and stayed on until the end. Event photos courtesy of Yeo Shih Yun and Mauro De Giorgi.

 

‘We Are Not Afraid of Night. We Are Light.’ for I-India Fundraising Gala 2016

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This post is almost 11 months late, but better late than never. Especially if it was a good deed post. Ha! Glad to be a part of I-India Friends for their Jashn-e-Roshni: A Celebration of Light Fundraising Gala on the 28th of May 2016 held at Gillman Barracks. I played a small part by donating one of my favourite pieces that is very close to my heart to be auctioned off for a good cause. A big thank you and congratulations to Mr & Mrs A.J.Devanesan for winning the bid for the painting. Thank you for the kind and generous support.

I would like to thank Michelle Chia, Paul Foster, Gema Santander and Andre Chalson for roping me in for this fundraiser event. It was a pleasure working together with all of you for this wonderful and meaningful project.

I-India is a fully registered, non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded in year 1993. It is registered under the Rajasthan Societies Act 1958 as an association working for the welfare of the poor people of the state and the Foreign Contributions Registration Act (FCRA) 1976 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to receive foreign donations.

I-India reaches over 4000 children daily through their street schools, residential homes and vocational centres and assist children with their immediate challenges, such as homelessness, malnutrition and illness, while also developing their attitudes and skills so they can make a better future for themselves.

I-India shelter homes for homeless and street children are in urgent need of support for the sustainability and running cost. 

To bring the sustainability to I-India’s shelters home for children in need of care and protection. Do visit their site for more information on how to assist at:

http://www.friendsofiindia.com/

It’s all about saving lives and spreading light of hope, love and empowerment.

Title: We Are Not Afraid of Night. We Are Light.

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 140cm(W) x 60cm(H)

Painting description:

This painting depicts feelings of unconditional love and care in good and bad times in every persons life journey. The ones showered upon children by parents is one of the main sources of inspiration. Most of us won’t live forever in this world but somehow we live on in the hearts and minds as memories to people we care for.

The fluid gold forms and dashes of rose madder represents love. Flowing freely in and around unconditionally in the realm of the mind. Pockets of memories good and bad form freely within. With good positive vibes being the triumphant element here.

What Is Abstract Art? at Art Forum gallery, Singapore

Pleased to announce that renowned gallerists and collector, Marjorie Chu from will be featuring abstract artworks at Art Forum gallery at 82 Cairnhill Road, Singapore from January – March 2017. In this feature entitled ‘What Is Abstract Art?’.  Marjorie will explain the concept of abstract art that has baffled viewers since it’s inception. All are invited to view the works at the gallery. Thank you, Marjorie Chu for having my works in your feature. For more information, please go to http://artforum.com.sg/