Yap works with acrylic and pen, depicting figures using fluid lines, geometric forms and intertwined shapes. Born in 1967, a successful musician with an established career in the industry, he has travelled all over the world and now lives in London where he works as an artist. Yap was diagnosed 8 years ago and states that his diagnosis of autism has brought some order to his world. His work is inspired by his interest in mathematics and philosophy and the idea that art can capture something of the hidden structures of the world.
Yap views his art as an extension of his autism, a unique mode of expression. Describing his process, Yap stated: “I don’t think when I paint; I simply paint. I mainly close my eyes and draw the shapes I feel within.”
For the Spectrum Art Prize, Yap submitted three pieces: Anxiety, Our Colours and The Philosopher. While Our Colours is a depiction of lovers, drawn together with a single line and demonstrating the rapture of love, Anxiety coveys the weight of depression, and The Philosopher, the restlessness of an active mind.
“It is clear that as a philosopher, Yap wishes to relay his message in as many art forms as possible. It is also unusual for those on the autistic spectrum to draw people, autistic individuals often draw objects and shape.” - Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen
“I love to paint couples. My approach is always to see them as a single, continuous line containing one unit.” – Yap, on his own work
“Art is a constant fixture in my mind. Living with autism has had its moments, but art in many ways has been my constant ocean of tranquil.” – Yap, on his own work
“Art is oxygen. Art is a bridge. Art is man’s attempt to paint the butterfly as beautiful as the butterfly is. Art is also the humility to know we can’t.” – Yap, on art
“Yap’s art is an extension of his autism, which is uniquely his and is seen through a mathematical lense.” – Mary Simpson, CEO of Spectrum ASD
“With a strong idea of how it may work, Yap uses fine line and wash to make images that are reminiscent of expressive work from the middle of the last century. The psychological touch is almost confident as the work allows a particular artistic practice to run alongside other philosophical and mathematical matters.” - Sacha Craddock, Curator