I'm an artist and designer originally from South Africa, currently based in the Bay Area. I received my Honors degree in Fine Art from Michaelis School of Arts in Cape Town, where I majored in Painting and Animation. It’s only in the recent years that I picked up painting again as a kind of antidote for the very structured and rational work I do as a designer.

My abstract paintings are a combination of how I feel while I’m painting and a playful exploration of the medium I’m working in, currently mostly watercolor and ink. I enjoy the vibrance, freeness and unpredictability of it which allows interesting and unexpected things to emerge. I feel every painting is an exercise in letting go and in-turn its also about being OK with whatever comes through. The images take on shapes, patterns and layers of what may come to my mind at the time, or memories of imaginary things and places. 

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©2018 by Yameng Lee Thorp.