If raw emotion had a face, it could very well be that of Andy Yang’s art. Over the years, this Malaysia-born Singapore-based artist has been steadily gaining attention for his visceral abstract paintings — pure emotions materialised on canvas in an explosion of forms and colours.
A successful illustrator before his switch to full-time painter, the turning point was when he came face-to-face with works by artists such as Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso. The profound impression left by these led Andy to challenge himself to broaden the horizons of his creativity and to explore how art could better serve it.
Andy’s paintings are noted for their vivid colours, with flamboyant gold and metallics; and a rich textural quality from his experimentation with different mediums like oil and acrylic, and how they react organically to one another.
He has also moved away from painting with brushes only, and instead spreads the colours using a variety of implements such as an air brush, hairdryer and even a leaf blower. “A brush gives you total control while with these air tools there is always an element of randomness,” he says, likening this creative process and its antithetical themes of control and chaos to life itself.
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