M E T R O W I R E

The best art is spiritual and contains within it the ability to heal and the power to elevate humanity. Shamans of the past were essentially artists, being able to reach into the realms of alternate dimensions to bring back wisdom, knowledge and guidance. We need them now.

SITES

The Asian Male Project

The Asian Male Project

What you are about to enter began in 1999, and evolves to the present day. There are some galleries that are ‘Not Safe For Work’, but for the most part, it is very safe. You will not be harmed, but hopefully enlightened.
NYVA Studio

NYVA Studio

Behind the ordinary, some things can be extraordinary. It’s just a matter of perspective and allowing things to happen. Some fine art, some decorative. Some I’m not sure of. Come and take a look…
Yip Fung Art

Yip Fung Art

With each series of artworks, there is an unveiling of form that is meant to be discovered. It is very much willed into being from a deep feeling within myself. Sometimes, it has saved me.

The photography explored in The Asian Male series was in part a way for me to deal with my dissatisfaction with my own physical beauty. Meeting and photographing guys I found attractive was a projection of what I wasn’t. I longed to be lean-fit to which was not. I lived vicariously through them, in their admiration to which I would envision myself to be.

"Beyond Skin" Photography Exhibition - New York 2019

Something about me….

Who I miss the most....
I adopted a house cat when it was 13 years old. People said it would not live for much longer, so I mentally prepared for its inevitable demise. So for years, I kept thinking “It could be any time now”. By age 20, I began thinking it was never going to leave me and I let go of the thought. BB lived to the super ripe age of 25, holding dearly on my left leg as it passed over during the night.

A famous person I would like to meet...
There are two persons I would like to meet, if there was ever the opportunity. The first would be Keanu Reeves, for all the right and wrong reasons. And the second person I would want to meet is Frank Gehry, an architect that I respect and admire for creating some of the most awkward and beautiful buildings in the world. I might add more but for now, this is who I can come up with.

Photo credits: Unknown (found on the web with no source indicated)

First book that blew me away....
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirzig. This book was the definitive book for me when I was studying architecture at the University of Toronto. I don’t recall who told me about it, but somehow I got a hold of it and was entralled by the socialological implications it had on human behavior. It by far weighed more heavily than any of the classes I was taking at the time.

 

A favorite fruit that some find disgusting...
As some of you may have guessed, it’s the King of Fruits, the delicious durian. The taste of durian is fragrant, creamy and pungent. It took me several times before I could eat more than a small piece. However, if you are trying it for the first time, make sure it is ripe (Unripe durian is not tasty!) and take a large bite! Go for it, but be warned, you might gag on the smell.

Photo credit: http://durianharvests.com

Alternate states of reality fascinate me. And my interest in consciousness and science intersecting at the junction of philosophy is apparent in my work, much like Taoism and Buddhism teachings colliding with physicists on the makings of the universe.

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Why I don’t photograph ordinary older males?

Why I don’t photograph ordinary older males?

https://youtu.be/a_qJhiidOrMOne of my patrons on Patreon asked a question, or rather, suggested I photograph ordinary older males. I responded already but I thought I would use this opportunity to add to my neglected Youtube channel, and expand a bit on the answer. ///

Programme completed – NHS Couch to 5K

Programme completed – NHS Couch to 5K

Some of you know that I have been following NHS's Couch to 5K. Well last night I completed the programme. I didn't post a week by week run-down, but left it to the finish, if in fact I could finish it. I couldn't jog without going out of breath for more than a few...

Creation/Destruction: Art on Two Planes of Existence

Creation/Destruction: Art on Two Planes of Existence

CREATION/DESTRUCTIONART ON TWO PLANES OF EXISTENCEArt Exhibition & Art Performance...................   Over, Under, Over, Under by Bowie LeeWhat makes a map a map? Bowie Lee’s work ”Over, Under, Over, Under” navigates, mediates and reinterprets our physical...

Korean life model poses for Norm Yip in TAME

Korean life model poses for Norm Yip in TAME

Jess is a professional life model in Korea that understands his body very well, much like an athlete, but with a better understanding of shapes, angles and form. Possessing a defined hairless body and ideal proportions, Jess was a delight to photograph, as we used a...

Maternity Photos One Week before Birth!

Maternity Photos One Week before Birth!

Maternity Photos One Week before Birth!I received a message from Roland, a friend asking me if I would be willing to conduct a maternity shoot for a friend of his. Considering my reputation for shooting mostly male nudes, he wasn’t so sure if I would take on the job....

Astronaut in Space

Astronaut in Space

"Astronaut in Space" by Norm Yip Commissioned ArtworkA fun creative project with a client that wanted something slightly out of the ordinary. Influence by another artists' artwork of a an astronaut floating in space, he asked if I could somehow recreate the image. As...

Happy Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat

Happy Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat

Gung Hei Fat Choy Sun Tai Geen Hong Wishing you Abundance & Good HealthThe year has been a tumultuous one indeed with all the events that have taken place in Hong Kong, a city where I have been since my arrival in 1994, several years before the handover. Yet...

Art prints using flowers and abstract body parts

Art prints using flowers and abstract body parts

Art Prints offer by NYVA Studio are custom created by Norm Yip. In the sample shown, the image is created through combining flowers baskets found on the streets of Hong Kong and abstract images of the the male human body. Three colour variations were created, of which...

Art prints by crossing flowers with abstract human body parts

Art prints by crossing flowers with abstract human body parts

Art Prints offer by NYVA Studio are created by Norm Yip. In the sample shown, the image is created through combining flowers baskets found on the streets of Hong Kong and abstract images of the the male human body. Three colour variations were created, of which this...

Norm Yip (葉灃) – Open Studio

Norm Yip (葉灃) – Open Studio

NORMYIP/葉灃OPEN STUDIO   "Have you ever wanted to see what an artist studio is like? For 3 days, I will have my doors open for studio visits, where you can see my working environment -- both a photographic studio and a painting studio. In addition, my latest abstract...

心 • 目 | Beyond Skin by Norm Yip – New York

心 • 目 | Beyond Skin by Norm Yip – New York

心 • 目 | Beyond Skin by Norm Yip - New York 24 - 30 June 2019The Untitled Space GalleryNew York   37Tong is pleased to announce an inaugural exhibition for The Asian Male: BEYOND SKIN BY NORM YIP. On view to the public for World Pride NYC June 24 - June 30, 2019....

心 • 目 | Beyond Skin by Norm Yip – New York

心 • 目 | Beyond Skin by Norm Yip – New York

心 • 目 | Beyond Skin by Norm Yip - New York 24 - 29 June 2019The Untitled Space GalleryNew York 37Tong and The Untitled Space Gallery is pleased to announce an inaugural exhibition for The Asian Male: BEYOND SKIN BY NORM YIP. On view to the public for World Pride NYC...

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