A renowned artist, Tim Yip has multidisciplinary works in costume design, visual and contemporary art. For his work in ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’, Tim won the Oscar for Best Art Direction and British Academy Film Award for Best Costume Designer in 2001, as the first Asian receiving this honour. For WestEast Magazine Issue 27 Spice, we are honoured to have Tim Yip as our guest director.
Tim graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic with a degree in photography. Since then he has done costume design and art direction for many film and theatrical performances over the past two decades, collaborating with acclaimed film directors such as John Woo, Ang Lee, Tsai Ming Liang, Tian Zhuangzhuang, and renowned theatrical groups such as Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Contemporary Legend Theatre, with performances showcased in Austria, France, Spain, Japan and the UK. His exclusive costume design and art direction for epic films such as the John Woo epic ‘Red Cliff’ and ‘Banquet’ have further attracted worldwide attention to his work.
In earlier works, Tim introduced his concept of the “New Orientalism” aesthetic, making him an important artist in helping the world understand the beauty of Chinese culture and arts. Since 2002, he has held many costume exhibitions such as Faces of the Time at the Taiwan National Palace Museum, Bourges Maison de la Culture in France and a photography exhibition in Spain, conveying his interpretation of beauty in Oriental art to Western audiences.
In 2004, Tim Yip became art and costume director for the Beijing Olympics handover performance at the closing ceremony in Athens. In recent years, he has held various solo exhibitions in New York, Beijing and Shanghai, and in 2005 he was invited by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to participate in the China Red exhibition. The Beijing Today Art Museum organized a solo exhibition ‘Illusions of Silence’ in late 2007. Tim has published over ten books including ‘Lost in Time’, ‘Flower of the Wind’, ‘Floating’, ‘Circulation’, ‘Rouge: L’art de Tim Yip’ (published in both French and English), ‘Illusions of Silence’ and ‘Being and Unbeing’.