Hong Konger, 1989
Hong Kong based artist Norris Yim approaches his work as a form self-representation and poetry. His personal observations, memories and imagination form the starting point for his vibrant paintings and a quest for spiritual satisfaction.
The subjects of his work often remain anonymous, their faces obscured by powerful brushstrokes, as the artist says he ‘views people through color’ and uses the different pigments to express his own mood.
Looks are not the most important and distinguishing features in my art — which is perhaps to say, looks are not what’s important about a person. I view people through color. Every portrait needs different colors. The pigments represent my current feelings and mood. I use my own mood to get to know and define a person I paint. My mood forms the basis of the work.