We’re back with another interview! This time with Yip Yew Chong, an accountant turned muralist in Singapore.
He makes large-scale interactive, 3D murals all over the world and he only started doing it a few years ago!
Keep reading to learn all about him, his passion for art, how he promotes his work and to see his super cool work!
Tell us about yourself-where you’re from and what you do.
I am based in Singapore. I am an accountant-turned artist. I just left my 25-year career in finance and became an artist for the last 8 months. I was juggling both for the last 3 years!
How did you get into street art?
I noticed lots of street murals sprouting up recently and decided to try painting murals too.
Without any portfolio to show, I convinced a house owner near my neighbourhood to let me paint on his house wall, by promising him that if he didn’t like it he outcome, I would restore his wall. Luckily he liked it!
Can you tell us about your processs-scouting spots, what materials you use, the creative process of choosing what to paint.
Initially, I scouted for walls that are prominent and in high traffic areas, yet unique eg. area rich in culture or had an interesting architectural structure.
Subsequently when art commissioners or curators approached me, I paint wherever I am invited. I use a mixture of acrylic, spray paint and emulsion paints.
The theme are mostly requested by the commissioners or curators but I influence them with my ideas too. Most of them requested for heritage theme murals, especially of scenes from yester years. Heritage murals have become my niche!
I understand you had a career as an accountant- tell us about the decision to focus on art instead
After juggling both my full time accounting job and doing art for 3 years, I thought my art made some good progress and was recognised. I was encouraged by many people to develop my art further.
What’s your favourite piece to date?
I don’t think I have a favourite as every piece is unique. Rather I feel that the most meaningful piece is the “Letter Writer” because firstly, it took two years to materialise due to the complex approval process.
The Letter Writer
Secondly, I painted it with my two children; and lastly, it was the first painting in Chinatown where I grew up at.
How do you promote your work?
Because my works are quite interactive, the public love to pose at the murals and they tag me.
Tell us about your trip to India:
What advice do you wish you had been given/ or did get regarding life as an artist?
How to work towards being an international artist and how to price your work.
I love seeing people having fun with street art! Doesn’t Yip Yew’s work just invite creative interaction? His work is super impressive and his story is so, so, so inspiring. Isn’t’ the absolute best to see someone manifesting their dream?
Thanks so much Yip Yew for sharing your story and work and for having the courage to go for it! I love thinking about the various ripple effects your work will inevitably have.
Also, thank you for your honesty about what advice you wish you had been given. Knowing how to price your work and break into the international scene would certainly be useful!
If anyone has anything to share in this regard comment below and lets start a conversation. I’de definitely like to know the answers to both of those questions too!
Otherwise, let’s keep on trucking team! I’m always so happy to hear from you too, so hit me up in the comments or on Instagram.