‘I think the movement of a skateboard on the flat ground is like drawing a line on a canvas.’
Yoon Hyup was entranced with hip-hop and skate culture from a young age and both continue to play heavily in the creation and style of his artworks. In the early 2000’s, Yoon Hyup was creating large scale murals and canvases, and live painting alongside DJs onstage to 90’s hip-hop music. It was these live painting events at Seoul’s ‘Afro King Party’, that Yoon Hyup started to experiment with painting lines and dots, to reflect the rhythm and flow of the music.
An important factor in shaping the artist’s unique, abstract style, derives from his experience in using different creative tools both indoors and to the street, such as paint brushes, computer graphic programs, spray cans, paint markers and so on. Improvisational expression is an essential element for Yoon Hyup. If necessary, the artist will create a rough sketch, but doesn’t expect the final piece to resemble it as he doesn’t sketch on the canvas.