Yun Yongye

Yun Yongye (b. 1990) was born in Hainan, China, graduated from the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Department of Oil Painting. Yun’s works employ classical wood panel painting technique within miniature Italian frames to create intimate and provocative images, irresistibly luring its viewers.

Miniature oil painting in antique frames

In 17th and 18th century Europe, it was popular amongst young noblemen to commission tailor-made miniature portraits. In an age before photography, to give one’s likeness to a lover was considered both intimate and elegant. Yun Yongye has integrated this intimacy into his own work. He collects old miniature frames from Italy and uses classical wood panel painting techniques to paint meticulously a series of provocative and surreal images: Maroon palms, eyeballs, and scattered bodies. His works, most comfortably examined in private, turn viewers into voyeurs.

17・18世紀のヨーロッパで多く制作されたミニアチュールは、とりわけ王侯貴族の間で流行しました。写真技術がなかった時代、愛や誓いを最も繊細に伝え合う大切な役割を果たしたのが細密肖像画でした。同じく対象の細部まで克明に手に伝える、中国の新進作家雲永業(ウィン・ヨンイェ)は、イタリア製のミニチュア額縁と古典的な油性木版画を用いて、例えば血まみれの手や眼球といった、私的かつあやしげな人体のパーツなどをシュールに描きあげています。心を刺激する色やイメージは、思わず覗いて見たくなるような好奇心を増幅させ、観る者にささやかな揺さぶりをかけてきます。

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Exhibition Publication

In collaboration with the curators, Tokyo Gallery published a trilingual book on the occasion of this exhibition with a series of interviews with artists.

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