Malaysia | 1982
Born 1982 in Kuantan, Malaysia, Yap Chun-Yu is a contemporary artist who has won countless honours in various calligraphy and art competitions.
Chun-Yu’s works mostly revolving around the preposition of happiness. All the worldly pursuits of fame and wealth by men are, to its core, traceable and deeply tied to their quest for happiness. On contrary to the rigorous and pure reasoning employed by various philosophers in pursuing the subject, Chun-Yu opts a relaxed and almost rebellious way of interpretation to the philosophers. He intends to interpret such a broad preposition by approaching the subjects with the blend of vividly colourfulness and mischievous form in order to visualize his idea.
Happiness is a fluid and subjective idea and this nature invite Chun-Yu’s diverse and multi façade interpretations over the prepositions. Using acrylic as his primary creative medium, Chun-Yu approaches happiness at different discourses and its representation under different dimensions and circumstances.
Chun-Yu’s first prominent collector is none other than DYTM Raja Puan Muda Perlis, a member of Malaysian royalty. DYTM Raja Puan Muda Perlis found and took a liking to Chun-Yu works during a 2018 charity night and bought it as a part of her philanthropic effort.
As the first series under the theme of happiness, Tomorrowland chose a rather straightforward and familiar way to approach the idea.
At the mention of happiness, most people instinctively recalled their childhood times where everything was simple and wonderful. Men learned the definition of happiness in the process of growing up, but this happiness, regardless as if it is in the form of wealth or reputation, are all but the definition of others. Tomorrowland attempts to peel away these definitions of others and invite the spectators to examinate the essence of happiness in its original form.
Yu-Yu is the master of Tomorrowland. In contrast to other characters in the series, Yu-Yu has no facial feature. Compared to most who would instinctively focus on facial expressions to interpret happiness, Tomorrowland intends to challenge this inclination and to attempt the happiness that narrated by mood and atmosphere. As such, Yu-Yu is deprived of facial features in order to explore the sense of happiness that created solely from colours, compositions, and spaces.
Although the series is painted in a childlike style, the intention of Tomorrowland lies not in returning to the past nor abandoning the desire of form or materialism. Instead, Tomorrowland aims to rediscover the nature of happiness through personal history, and to relearn the interpretation of happiness of materialism. With his canvases and paints as the intermediary, Chun-Yu hopes to invite every soul to examine and discover their own happiness.