Rimi Yang ’s paintings -mostly figurative, but with a playful approach to abstraction-
reveal an intuitive, contrast-rich take on Eastern and Western art history. It is as though they are struggling to make sense of dualities which simultaneously inspire and confuse us in their attempts to structure the world. Pleasantly suspended between familiar polarities like east-west, male-female, high-low and old-new, the viewer can’t help but be moved by the artist’s apparent search for meaning.
Amongst her most recent paintings, stunning female portraits influenced by Old Masters hint at some degree of historical regression. By making a journey into the past, the artist silently tributes the lives, minds and desires that trickle down from the collective ego of art history. Korean-American artist Rimi Yang was born and raised in Osaka, Japan.