(1906 – 1963), China

Yun Gee Biography

Yun Gee, an artist and poet, was born in Guangdong in 1906. He immigrated to California at the age of 15 and entered the California School of Fine Art to study painting with the famous Watercolourist Otis Oldfield. Yun Gee's early San Francisco period also marked a time of study and experimentation. Drawing on training in the style of Synchromism, Gee analysed and composed the human form and scenes with bright abstraction and contrasting colours. The effect is one of strong opposition: sober and distant yet lyrical, mechanical yet sentimental or even melancholy. Moreover, this simultaneously abstract and figurative style sometimes exhibited a strong hint of Expressionism. The emotional contrasts and alternation between hot and cold in his works are quite fitting for San Francisco.

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He held his first solo exhibition at The Modern Gallery, San Francisco in 1926, and soon became well-known for his avant-garde style. Yun went to Paris the same year and was highly praised by art critics and collectors for his combination of Western painting with Chinese themes. Yun held several solo exhibitions whilst in Paris. In 1932 he was invited to attend a Fresco group exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. After the exhibition, Yun returned to Paris to participate in several art exhibitions in which Picasso also showed his art works. During World War II, Yun Gee returned to America and remained in New York until his death in 1963.

Excerpted from Yun Gee and China, Chia Chi Jason Wang.

Text courtesy Lin & Lin Gallery.

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Portrait of Paule de Reuss by Yun Gee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Yun Gee Portrait of Paule de Reuss, 1928 Oil on paper board
41 x 33 cm
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Untitled (Self Portrait) by Yun Gee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Yun Gee Untitled (Self Portrait), 1926 - 1927 Oil on paper board
23.2 x 17.8 cm
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San Francisco Street Scene with Construction Workers by Yun Gee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Yun Gee San Francisco Street Scene with Construction Workers, 1926 Oil on paper board
28.73 x 41.06 cm
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Yun Gee Untitled (Abstract Figure Painting), n/d Oil on paper board
20.3 x 25.4 cm
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(Nude Woman Painting) by Yun Gee contemporary artwork painting
Yun Gee (Nude Woman Painting), n/d Oil on canvas
55.24 x 45.72 cm
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Yun Gee Harlem, n/d Oil on canvas
72.7 x 91.4 cm
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The Portrait of Paule by Yun Gee contemporary artwork painting
Yun Gee The Portrait of Paule, 1929 Oil on board
46 x 38 cm
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