Yang received his practical and theoretical fine art education as foundation studies to his Diploma in Graphic Design from the renowned Malaysian Institute of Art in Kuala Lumpur. Thereafter, Yang enjoyed a successful career as an illustrator designer for over a decade.
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 Mark Rothko, Anselm KieferJackson 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.
It was not long before Yang became seduced by the abstract form, and 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.
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. Yang does not forcefully apply acrylic and oil to the canvases. Instead, he uses air blown from various implements to allow the colours to be distributed in way that combines harmoniously the antithetical terms of control and chaos.
In recent years, Yang has also begun adopting a wider and more balanced perspective, such as by using inks and acrylic on paper. Conveying a more composed, measured and confident maturity in his latest works, this marks the start of the expoloration of a new creative direction.