Yun-Fei Ji came to the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies in the Spring of 2007 to work on a project which incorporated subject matter from his large scale watercolors and smaller graphite drawings. The narrative imagery in this print, On The High Branches, depicts an aviary for birds and fantastical amphibian-looking figures, held in abeyance underneath a bunch of loudspeakers floating in a sky. Yun-Fei Ji's painting style, a contemporary form of traditional Chinese landscape painting, is softened here by tertiary tones and graphite passages in a vertical landscape format. In his paintings his imagery shows the insidious modernization of China and the destruction left in it's wake. In this print, he depicts a gaggle-like audience, the avian/creature populace, one step removed from their human counterparts, which listens attentively for the next pronouncement.
Yun-Fei Ji was born in 1963 in Beijing, China. He has received numerous prestigious awards including the Rome Prize in 2005, the Parasol Unit Artist Residency in London, the Sharpe Foundation Fellowship, the PS1 Contemporary Arts National Studio Program Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. He has had solo exhibitions at the James Cohan Gallery, New York, ZenoX, Antwerp, Belgium, SAFN Museum, Reykyavik, Iceland, the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, MI, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York and POST, Los Angeles.