About me / contact me

Wilson YauI’m a London-based artist and teacher. Born in Birmingham, West Midlands, I moved to London in 2007.

In 2006 I graduated with a BA in Architecture from the University of Central England (now Birmingham City University). I then trained as an art teacher at the UCL Institute of Education, London, where I gained a PGCE followed by an MA in Education in Art and Design in 2010.

I believe anyone, whatever their age, can draw and use drawing to learn, express themselves and explore the world around them. Drawing is accessible to anyone and I believe it can improve wellbeing, hence my work in encouraging others to take up drawing and making. Digital now makes up the majority of my practice, though I believe digital art-making complements traditional methods of creating art – it’s not a replacement. I’m a keen advocate of drawing, especially digital, as a way to foster creativity in relevant and accessible forms in young people, and an enjoyable way to reduce technological barriers for older people.

Interviews
I do a lot of drawing, especially on the Tube, which has been the subject of an interview (2019) with the Londonist. You can also discover what I think about creativity and see me demonstrate some new drawing ideas in a filmed discussion (2020) with The Big Draw.

Other work
Outside of drawing, my work also includes:

Award(s)
This heading should be empty! But I have a fond memory of winning a public drawing competition when I was ten years old at the Midlands Art Centre in conjunction with musical group Saxtet. My winning entry was ‘The Old Castle’ a theme inspired by composer Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition‘. I think I must have been inspired by Dudley Castle, a place I would have visited often at the time because of the adjoining Dudley Zoo. This is the only art competition I’ve ever won. It is also the only piece of work by me which my parents willing framed and displayed in their living room. Perhaps this is where my artistic career peaked, I can live with that!

Pastel drawing of a ruined castle
The Old Castle, by Wilson Yau, 1990

Contact me

Email: mrwilsonyau(at)gmail.com

All the work on this website is my own and © Wilson Yau 2007-2020. Do share and attribute to this website, thanks!

Wilson Yau: Drawing on the Tube
Me drawing on the Tube

 

Wilson teaching.
Me teaching.

 

Wilson preparing for an exhibition.
Me preparing for an exhibition.

 

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