One of Tim Yap's picks in the upcoming Leon Gallery Spectacular Midyear Auction is Solenn Heussaff's "Woman with Blue Umbrella". Photo from Leon Gallery (left) and @officialtimyap on Instagram

5 pieces from the Leon auction a young collector must bid on, according to Tim Yap

The inveterate party organizer and influencer gives us an idea of what draws him to a work of art    
ANCX Staff | Jun 04 2021

If you want to get lost in the world of Tim Yap, being Champagned-out in one of the talked-about parties he’s always hosting is not enough. One must also step into his art-filled home. 

There in his Man-on-the-moon-inspired surroundings, where a copper-colored alien statue by Leeroy New hovers above a futuristic looking sofa, one gets immersed in tchotchkes, mementos and artworks the eventologist has accumulated over the years. It’s a fascinating universe, revealing a man who hasn’t lost the child in him, and who revels in his penchant for the whimsical and the cheeky, the sentimental and the seriously grown-up. 

We asked Tim to be one of our tastemakers for the upcoming Leon Gallery Spectacular Midyear Auction happening tomorrow, June 5, and his choices could all find engaging company in his personal art collection that include works by Ronald Ventura, Cos Zicarelli, Michaela Benedicto, Mideo Cruz, photographer Neal Oshima and graffiti artist Egg Fiasco. 

Below are Tim’s answers to the question: “What 5 items from the Leon Gallery Spectacular Midyear Auction would you recommend to a young collector seeking your advice?”

No. 12 Untitled by John Marin (b. 1987), signed and dated 2016 (lower left), oil on canvas, 48” x 36” (122 cm x 91 cm)
No. 20 "Clear Waters" by Jim Orencio (b. 1969), signed and dated 2019 (lower right), sawdust and acrylic on canvas, 72” x 48” (183 cm x 122 cm)
No. 119 "The Sentiment Rash (Triptych)" by Gene Paul Martin (b. 1989), signed and dated 2018 (verso), oil on canvas, 72” x 144” (183 cm x 366 cm)
No. 144 "Woman with Blue Umbrella" by Solenn Heussaff (b. 1985), signed and dated 2009 (lower right), oil on canvas, 48” x 36” (122 cm x 91 cm)
No. 162 "I No Longer Belong Here" by Yeo Kaa (b. 1989), signed and dated 2017 (lower left), acrylic on canvas, 60” x 60” (152 cm x 152 cm)

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Photos courtesy of Leon Gallery