I am a landscape painter based in Burnaby, British Columbia. I was born in Taiwan and raised in Ontario where I studied Visual Studies (Fine Art dept.) at the University of Toronto. During the university years, I dedicated all of my time outside other classes to painting. It was the perfect environment for me to explore and be experimental. I learned that I loved the intimacy of painting from life, and that oil was the medium for me. Everyday I would carry my French easel and walk all over the neighbourhood around the campus and paint everything that inspired me. I also painted many portraits of people who were willing to pose for me.
After university, I went on to study Computer Animation at Sheridan College and that lead to my career as a lighting artist in the animation/visual fx field for over a decade. Working as a lighting artist is in many ways very similar to being a painter, as I use lights and colours to bring a moving picture to life and make it look as appealing as possible.
What inspires my paintings are the poetic qualities in a landscape. They can be a sun-bleached log reflecting the blue sky, dense pines with orange/red trunks complementing the greens of late spring foliage, or a sudden wave of fog silhouetting the totem poles. Nature is very generous with her beauties, I just have to be sensitive and in tune to see them.
I begin most of my paintings en plein air (on location). Standing in front of my motif gives me a directness that translates into my work. I am essentially capsulizing what is taking place in front of my eyes over the next few hours into one single picture. The dimension of time gives me both constraints as well as freedom in decision making with every brush stroke.
Sincerity is very important to me, as a person, and as a painter. My intention must be true and honest, and by that I mean I don’t dramatize nature more than what I see or feel. Naturally, my paintings are naturalistic.
Israel Yang (b. 1981)
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Israel Yang is an emerging artist. He paints the landscape in oils and pastels, and typically starts his paintings on location (en plein air).
2001 – 2005 University of Toronto, Honors B. Sc., Visual Studies (Fine Art dept.) and Computer Science, Toronto, Ontario
2005 Earthworks Art Gallery & Studio, Penn Yan, New York
2015 Landscape show, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
2015 Active members Exhibition, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
2014 Art Party, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, British Columbia
2005 “Markit,” University of Toronto Thesis Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario
2005 Hart House Art Competition, The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2003 – 2005 Hazel Cryderman-Wees Scholarship recipient for outstanding performance in art
2007 Cover art, The Annex Gleaner (a Toronto newspaper), Vol. 13 No. 8 December
2005 Hard House Review
Works held in private collections in Canada and the United States