and thoughtful reflections of self, life, experience.
He believes strongly in the soul and sincerity of art and the possibility for humanity within a painting. yi Hou tends to remain within the realm of painting other humans in reflection of this, believing that, within portraiture, there is much more that needs to be said.
There is a deep palpable intimacy between painter and subject within yi Hou’s work. The proximity of his subjects can be felt through his enthralling use of stroke, colour, and his handling of figuration. There is a sense that he welcomes a viewer into his relationship with his subjects, and that it is sacred in some way.
As the new generation of young, queer people of colour comes into nascency, yi Hou appears to be flag-bearer of the new attitude and approach to life. His work, though traditional in some sense, bears much youthfulness and vitality, and puts a modern inflection onto the realm of portraiture.
00:10, Thurs, Jan 25th, 2018
Oscar yi Hou is a young British Chinese artist currently studying visual arts at Columbia University. He is from Liverpool, Britain, and his parents are from Guangdong, China. His paintings are tender and thoughtful reflections of self, life, and experience. The proximity of his subjects can be felt through his determined brushstrokes and solicitous rendering as he explores the Chinese diaspora, the confines of gender and sexuality, and his own coming of age.
13:03, Fri, Jan 12th, 2018
Oscar yi Hou is a young artist based in New York City. He is from Liverpool, UK, and his parents are from Guangdong, China.
He studies at Columbia University, loves his friends, and likes long walks on the beach
20:10 Sun, Jan 27th, 2017
Oscar yi Hou is a young artist just about to graduate from secondary school. His work explores aspects of his current existence: as a youth, he explores underage and young-person’s drinking culture; as a man, he explores concepts of queer masculinity; as a person of colour, he explores his East Asian heritage and the Chinese diaspora; and, simply as a mere person, he explores the people he meets, the things he loves, his friends, introspection, and identity in flux, e.t.c.
19:46 Tues, April 12th, 2016
My work deals with youth, suburbia, and teen angst. It is intensely introspective.
My subject matter is myself and those closest around me: how I see the people who matter to me; how I see myself.
CAPTURED MOMENTS @ Road Studios
Fri, Jan 22nd, 2016
My career as an artist has only spanned roughly a year, so far. The year is a formative one — from ages sixteen to seventeen — where adulthood creeps into view and it's concerning. As I near the end of my penultimate year of adolescence, have I really experienced what it means to be young? And to have — generally considered — the most liberation from society a person can have — have I used this freedom or has it been wasted on introspection and deep digs into the psyche — has it been wasted on an effort to record the world in lieu of living it?
Seventeen — a refractory period between childhood and adulthood.