VINSON YAP’S “VISIONS” AT ART UNDERGROUND

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Color is the driving force of visual art. It reflects a character of any given work, and also the vision and temperament of the artist. It is the fine line between exuberance and restraint, and mirrors the discipline of a medium or the technique in the craft.



For artist Vinson Yap, it is also a reaction towards the prevailing sentiments of the contemporary art scene. “I took up painting as I was frustrated looking for happy painting to decorate our new home,” he shares. “As most of the contemporary art was gory and creepy at that time when I attended art shows.” It was this epiphany that galvanized the artist to try something else. “I suddenly had the urge to try out visual arts.” he says.


Purple White
24 x 36 inches
Acrylic on Canvas

This has led to a practice that combines Yap’s penchant for color with a unique technique that eschews the paint brush for the palette knife particularly for his upcoming March 14 exhibit, “Visions,” at Art Underground.


Three Some
24 x 36 inches
Acrylic on Canvas

“I am using the impasto technique using palette knife as my painting medium,” says the artist. “I do not mix my paint to maintain the luster and brilliance of the colors. I paint directly to the canvas with paints straight from the tubes. On the canvas is where the paints are mixed and combined to achieve the effect I want.”


Red Forest
34 x 34 inches
Acrylic on Canvas

The manager of a company that specializes in making awards for the likes of the SM Foundation, and the Ad Congress Araw Awards, Vinson Yap is no stranger to the intricacies of form and the discipline of craft. The works in this exhibit reflects this attention to detail. “Sunflower” celebrates the artist’s grasp of color and his enthusiasm for knife. A work of acrylic on canvas, the impasto technique he uses brings about an impressionist aesthetic to the work that recalls Claude Monet. “Moon Shine,” on the other hand, reveals the artist’s familiarity with lines, creating a blooming tree amidst the background of a red moon in the environment of a desert.


Morning Glory
24 x 30 inches
Acrylic on Canvas

Hauntingly beautiful, the works in “Visions” herald the coming of an exemplary contemporary artist.


Rose Garden
34 x 34 inches
Acrylic on Canvas

Vinson Yap’s “Visions,” his 4th solo exhibition, opens on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Art Underground.

Art Underground is located at 814 Balagtas Street, Brgy. Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City.



For more information, please call (632) 721-0745 or email artundergroundmanila@gmail.com.

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