Tang Yau Hoong: Controlled Efficiency (detail) – Architectural Lighting

Work / Graphic Design

Tang Yau Hoong’s work is an interplay of light, space, fiction and reality

Kuala Lumpur-based illustrator and graphic designer Tang Yau Hoong produces work that teases the boundaries between fiction and reality. His flat colour-fields and solid compositional skills ensure immediacy, but any initial understandings we have – that a certain form is “light”, for example – is playfully and cleverly torn away, as in his Controlled Efficiency illustration. The bright palettes and use of paint-streaks are reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein, and his calculated use of negative and positive space is very Noma Bar. There is also a preoccupation with structures and structuring – from the disintegrating cities of So Long, Old World to the alteration or eradication of important symbols, that perhaps evoke the conditions of “making” and producing graphic work.


Tang Yau Hoong: Lost Cause? – Cincinnati


Tang Yau Hoong: New Metrics for Colour Rendering – Architectural Lighting.


Tang Yau Hoong: Light Painter


Tang Yau Hoong: So Long, Old World


Tang Yau Hoong: Hidden City