Inspired by Orson Welles’ multi-perspective, Cui Jie (b. 1983 Shanghai, China) applies various layers of images – some realistic, some imaginary – on her canvases.. Each layer is meticulously executed to represent the transformation of China’s urbanscape. Painted with calculated and deadpan brushwork combined with a warm and affective palette, Cui’s landscapes and interiors make comparative studies of cities as distinctive models or laboratories of China’s open-and-reform policies. This is depicted as a personal history informed by the aesthetic madness in one time and place, ranging from the architectural confusion of Bauhaus, to Chinese propaganda, and to Soviet communist aesthetics. In essence, Cui Jie’s painting is a time capsule that re-imagines the past and the present.
Her works have been included in many exhibitions, among many others, “Hack Space” (curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Amira Gad) K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, 2016; “The World in 2015”, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, 2015; “My Generation: Young Chinese Artist”, Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, USA, 2014; 1st CAFA Future: Sub Phenomena, CAFA Art Museum, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, 2012; “Face”, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2012; The 4th Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech Republic, 2009; “Poetic Realism: An Reinterpretation of Jiang Nan”, Contemporary Art From South China, Centro de Arte Tomás y Valiente, Madrid, Spain, 2008; “Notes of Conception”, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, 2008.
Recent solo exhibitions include: “Latter, Former”, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, Ireland, 2016; “Cui Jie”, Start Gallery, Jaffa, Israel, 2014; “Cui Jie: The Proposals For Old and New Urbanism” and “Cui Jie’, both at Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, 2014 and 2012, among others.
Cui Jie lives and works in Beijing, China.
For more works and projects by the artist, download the portfolio in pdf.
“Hack Space”, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Amira Gad, chi K11 art museum, Shanghai, China, 2016
“A Beautiful Disorder”, The Cass Sculpture Foundation, Chichester, UK, 2016
“Latter, Former” (solo), Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, Ireland, 2016
“Cui Jie” (solo), Start Gallery, Jaffa, Israel, 2015
“A Beautiful Disorder”, Cass Sculpture Foundation, New Barn Hill, Goodwood, West Sussex, UK, 2016
“Hack Space”, K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Hong Kong, China, 2016
“The World in 2015″, UCCA, Beijing, China, 2015
“The Proposals For Old and New Urbanism” (solo), Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China, 2014
“My Generation: Young Chinese Artists”, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma; Tampa Museum of Art & Museum of Fine Arts, Florida, USA, 2014; Orange County Museum of Art, California, USA, 2015
Artsy, “17 Emerging Artists to Watch in 2017″, December, 2016 [download pdf]
Popeye, “Cui Jie”, by Ryohei Nakajima, Issue 836, December, 2016 [download pdf]
Phaidon, “Cui Jie – Why I Paint”, by Phaidon, November, 2016 [download pdf]
Vitamin P3, “Cui Jie”, by Carol Yinghua Lu, November, 2016 [download pdf]
Artsy, “20 Chinese Emerging Artists You Should Know”, by Frances Arnold, July, 2016 [download pdf]
New York Times, “Art Basel Shows How Far Hong Kong Has Come”, by Joyce Lau, March, 2016 [download pdf]
New York Times, “Art Basel Hong Kong Opens to Less Frenzy”, by Amy Qing, March, 2016 [download pdf]
Ideat, “CUI JIE”, February, 2016 [download pdf]
Leap, “The Proposals For Old And New Urbanism”, by Venus Lau, Issue 156, January & February, 2015 [download pdf]
Pipeline, “Unpredictable constructions”, by Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva, September & October & November, 2015 [download pdf]
Surface, “Boundless Beijing”, by Iona Whittaker, December & January, 2014 [download pdf]
Iart, “Cui Jie: Bring New Content to Spaces”, by Lv Ye, May, 2014 [download pdf]
Huffington Post Arts & Culture, “10 Chinese Artists You Should Know”, by Katherine Brooks, February, 2014 [download pdf]
Modern Lady, “Keep Pure Thought”, by Tu Yihui, Issue 215, January, 2013 [download pdf]
Shanghai Weekly, “Architectural Structures”, by Yang Yang, Issue 638, February, 2013 [download pdf]
Numéro, “Cui Jie: A Partial Fantasy about Urban Life”, by Ralph Yu, April, 2012 [download pdf]
Jing Daily, “Artist Cui Jie: China’s “Post-80s” Generation Making Art Outside of Mao’s Shadow”, by Bundpic, translated by Jing Daily Team, January, 2012 [download pdf]
The Bund, “None Tag Girl”, by Huang Jun, January, 2012 [download pdf]