Norm Yip - Portrait

Norm Yip

Hong Kong


Norm Yip
Norm Yip
Hong Kong
June 27, 2018
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Canadian-born-Chinese Norm Yip began his career as an architect working in Hong Kong but transitioned to art and photography in 1999, two years after the Asian financial crisis.

Norm Yip, Blueboy, 2017
Norm Yip – Blueboy, 2017. © Norm Yip

He is known for introducing Asian male nudes to the international scene, after being published in now-defunct magazines such as ‘2Blue’ and ‘Dreamboys 2’ by Australia’s Studios Magazine. His photography is influenced by Herb Ritts, although he admits to aesthetically following classical forms such as Michelangelo and formal proportions introduced by Renaissance architecture. He has published several photography books entitled ‘The Asian Male’.

Norm Yip - Feels like I don t belong, No 2, 2014
Norm Yip – Feels like I don t belong, No. 2, 2014. © Norm Yip

Norm’s paintings are modern, bold and colourful, taking cues from abstract expressionist artists Jackson Pollock and Cecily Brown with hints of Basquiat and Oscar Murillo. His recent series ‘Le tourbillon de la vie’ translates to ‘The whirlwind of life’; they are paintings that explore the aesthetic of revelation, muse and rebirth after a traumatic dog bite to his left arm.

Norm Yip - Le tourbillon de la vie, No 2, 2017
Norm Yip – Le tourbillon de la vie, No. 2, 2017. © Norm Yip

In the medium of graphite, Yip’s work is minimal, sombre and introverted. They are intellectual and spiritual foils to difficult times, where death and despair are the vehicles to his meditative, zen-like artwork. The ‘Embryo’ series attempt to illustrate the formless or non-dual spiritual matter into a drawing. In the ‘Energy’ series, he investigates the theory of automatic drawings, using progressive trance music to transcend ordinary states of consciousness.

Norm Yip - Le tourbillon de la vie, No 1, 2017
Norm Yip – Le tourbillon de la vie, No 1, 2017. © Norm Yip

Yip’s work has been exhibited primarily in Hong Kong but has recently shown in Zurich and New York. His paintings and photographs are collected by private collectors worldwide.

Featured image: Norm Yip – portrait
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2018Clifford Chance Arcus Pride ArtClifford Chance Office, Hong KongGroup
2018Community Business Charity EventHotel Icon, Hong KongGroup
2018The Other Art Fair Brooklyn 2018Brooklyn Expo Centre, Brooklyn, New YorkSolo
2018Love & InclusionCity Hall, Hong KongGroup
2017IdentityEra Barbers, Hong KongGroup
2017Embryo CollectionConsigg Art, Hong KongSolo
2016The Wild CollectionAwethentic Gallery / Consigg Limited, Hong KongGroup
2016Two Minds One WorldGallery Box, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2016Aids Concern Charity EventAids Concern, Hong KongGroup
2016PulsationTree of Life, Hong KongSolo
2016Clifford Chance Pride Art ExhibitionClifford Chance Office, Hong Kong.Group
2015Clifford Chance Pride Art ExhibitionClifford Chance Office, Hong KongGroup
2014EmbryoL’s Where, Hong KongSolo
2014The Asian MaleGallery Box, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2014Andy Warhol X Absolut, Pink Season FactorAzure Restaurant, Hong KongGroup
2013Cool on the Inside; Hot on the OutsideStudio 8 HK, Hong KongSolo
2013The NarcissistStudio 8 HK, Hong KongSolo
2013Story of the CreativeAngel Orensanz Foundation, New YorkGroup
2012Seven Deadly SinsVoxfire Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2011RETREATTACK!Dahlia Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2011Reborn – The GalleryHollywood Plaza, Hong Kong
2009Zonta Club of Hong Kong IIRotunda, Exchange Square, Hong KongGroup
2009Oxford Pride 2009Oxford, UKGroup
2008SexpressionStudio 8 HK, Hong KongGroup
2006Skin DeepBaileys at the Fringe – Fotogalerie, Hong KongSolo
2005Gay Artists: Gay Art?Art Statements, Hong KongGroup
2005NudeNotNakedThree Boxes, Hong KongSolo
2005MoonstruckClub 64 and the Venice Biennale 2005, Hong Kong and VeniceGroup
2005Nasi CampurGallery Taksu, Kuala LumpurGroup
2004Asian Male PhotographyOne Bar + Grill, One Exchange Square, Hong KongSolo
2004Private EdgeSolo
2004Secret ConstellationsSolo
2003Art in The Winter – Gardens ExhibitionGroup
2002Persona of SpiritSolo
2003Intrepid TerrainSolo
2002Embryo of IntelligenceSolo
2002Buddha BuddhaGroup
2000First LevelSolo
2000Light + ShadowGroup