‘TUMBALONG’ Heritage Artwork

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“Hi I’m Chris Yee, an artist based out of Ryde, Sydney Australia and this is my process for the Tumbalong Heritage Artwork, proudly in Haymarket, Chinatown Sydney

My work is largely illustrative and recently textiles influenced, but I like to think it is mostly driven by storytelling.

A lot of my stories and characters are influenced by my social upbringing, and I thought as someone identifying of the new Asian-Australian identity, it was something that I could help infuse with the rich industrial and cultural history of the past.

The Tumbalong artwork itself is titled around the original name given to the area by the indigenous people of the Cadigal Clan, The dancing characters acting as a modern expression of the hunting and gathering traditions of the cockle’s and Guman pines throughout the area.

The artwork also pays tribute to the costume and profession of the area, being of great historical importance to the industrial change in this country. So pictured in the artwork you can see the John Dickson Steam mill, The famous Biddell Brothers confectionary factory, The Cormack Cooperage and in most recent history the late, great Sydney Entertainment centre.

After being graciously asked by Emilyia, Lily and the team at Art Pharmacy to conceptualise and draft the artwork, we then went to the experts at Sydney based production, Axolotl to materialise everything and breathe the artwork to life.

It means a lot for me as a Chinese-Sydney born artist to leave my mark on the area. I feel that this is an important time for change in Sydney, so I’m humbled and honoured to share my perspective and personal relationship with the evolving community and people, whilst help bridge the gap of stories from the past. “

Special Thanks to Lendlease and the City of Sydney!

Artist: Chris Yee
Artwork Production: Art Pharmacy
Fabrication: Axolotl
Video: Babekuhl
Photography: Billy Ryan, Chris Yee, Jodie Barker, Andrew Yee, Eva Li, Darren Luk
Music: Kase Avila
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Public Opening Ceremony – 23.1.20

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LNY2020 at the Galeries, Sydney

LNY2020 Year of the Rat Campaign
Artist/Animation: Chris Yee
Producers: Andpeople Australia, Alexander Wu-Kim
Video: Benjimin Bock & Darren Luk
Words and writing: Andrew Yee

Modern Interpretation of the 12 Lunar Calendar Zodiacs for the Galeries, Sydney Australia. Hung Tapestries, Animated screens and printed vinyls.

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LNY2020 at the Galeries Part 1

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BTS Campaign studio shots by Darren Luk

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Justin Bieber – Yummy (Animated Video)

Justin Bieber – Yummy (Animated Video)
Music Video (Animation, Illustration)


Our visual interpretation of this song was to continue the same universe as Bieber’s live action Music Video, following the set design of a luxurious dining hall with decadent foods. In a Toy Story-esque way, inanimate objects within the set come to life: food, chairs and tables awaken– singing, swaying and dancing to the song, ‘Yummy’.
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TOKiMONSTA – Love That Never

TOKiMONSTA – Love That Never
Music Video (Animation, Illustration)


Love That Never‘ by TOKiMONSTA is an atmospheric, ambient interpretation of personal and emotional journeys. In creating a visual accompaniment for the song, our aim was to amplify the transformative essence of the music; inviting the listener on a mystical journey through imagined landscapes. Working with TOKiMONSTA and her creative director, Danna Takako, our vision for the music video was to follow a lone central character on a hero’s journey – seeking the truth within herself and her place in the universe.
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Semi Permanent 2019

“This year’s instalment of creative conference Semi Permanent is putting the theme of “truth” under the microscope. The event will host panel discussions surrounding the complexities, importance and barricades to truth and how to incorporate it into a path toward success and ever-flourishing creativity.

A key part of the Semi Permanent schedule is Future Youth, a series of talks on what it means to be young in 2019 throughout the lens of music, fashion and technology. Topics will include:Material to Meaning; The System is Fucked and Us Together, We Alone — all focusing on how youth is moulding the future of our world. They’ll also dive into what it means to stay true to your beliefs in a hyper-digitalised and social media orientated world.

Panelists at Future Youth will include Pitch Studio’s Chris Golden and Christie Morgan, artist and designer Chris Yee, graphic designer Flossy, writer/director and photographer Hyun Lee. Also appearing is photographer and director Kaius Potter, Mercy Sang who founded POCC Magazine, artist Rhys John Kaye and musician Serwah Attafuah. All of the panels will be moderated by i-D Australia and NZ’s very own editor Mitch Parker.” – i-D

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Hi Medusa!

Chris Yee: HI MEDUSA! is an exhibition that creates a tangible connection between the Chinese-Australian communities of Sydney and provides a unique opportunity for visitors to engage with the history of the Garden through neo-traditional artworks depicting modern and historical Lunar New Year cultural imagery.

Presenting twelve new and existing bespoke tapestries by emerging Sydney artist Chris Yee, visitors to the Chinese Garden of Friendship during Lunar New Year 2019 go on a journey through the Gardens, discovering detailed, beautiful and humorous images at every turn. Yee’s design work evokes the experiences and narratives of the Chinese diasporic communities of the city expressed through a graphic sensibility that echoes that architectural forms and decorative embellishments of the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Hand woven, the tapestries in this special exhibition, presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, compliment the natural flow of the venue, synthesising a harmonious environment of traditional and contemporary artistic expression.

Chris Yee: HI MEDUSA! has been commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia and produced for The Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour for Lunar New Year 2019.

Artist: Chris Yee
Curator: Con Gerakaris
Project Manager: Bridie Moran

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“TWINS EFFECT”

100% American made, woven cotton yarn
60″ x 50″

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“BOSS BABY”

100% American made, woven cotton yarn
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“TEAM”

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“STOCK XCHANGE”

100% American made, woven cotton yarn
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“EAST RYDER”

100% American made, woven cotton yarn
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“MIRROR BALL”

100% American made, woven cotton yarn
60″ x 50″

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