In his bright, highly detailed, and intricate paintings, Taiwanese artist HAN-YUAN YU has created a brand-new art form that juxtaposes figurative compositions with decorative elements. Each image is set against backdrops inspired by the subtropical environs of his native Taiwan. YU combines an academic oil palate with vibrant colors and folkloric and aboriginal themes. His work is created digitally, although he sometimes uploads organic brushstrokes of oil paint to create a more complex and varied look.
What makes YU’s work so unique is the level of expressionism captured in his subjects. Through content, composition, color, line, and form, YU seeks to tell a story, to unravel a narrative and draw the viewer into his imaginative world. Here, traditional stories and designs from Chinese and Taiwanese culture are combined with figurative elements to reveal the unforgettable beauty of Taiwan. As YU explains, “The most important thing for illustration is narrative, carrying information and telling a story or information to people.”
In addition to his artistic pursuits, HAN-YUAN YU currently works as a freelance illustrator.