Sam Yong - "Ritual" - oil on wood panel - 50 x 50 cm (19.7"x19.7")
Sam Yong (Melbourne, Australia) is a self-taught painter and illustrator from Melbourne. He works across different traditional media. A self-confessed introvert, Yong has a love of nature and solo adventure: he is often found booking a last-minute flight to a faraway land. His love of solitude, the unknown and the natural world manifests itself through his artwork. The connection between human narratives and nature has always been present in his work, no matter what the medium. Yong’s work has been exhibited in Paris, the United States, New Zealand and Melbourne, along with a multitude of private commissions across the globe.
Sam Yong’s latest body of work, “Ritual,” is a series of narratives which draw from the rituals of human life: birth, consumption, courtship, mating, death and grief. Yong presents these themes through traditional painting and drawing techniques, paired with subject matter from the natural world as allegory. Hidden meanings and layered themes begin to emerge beyond the initial viewing and resonate with the audience while still seeming unfamiliar.