In this ongoing series for Fine Art Today, we take a longer look at the history and features of a soon-to-be-available artwork of note. This week: Tzu-chi Yeh, “Top of the Tree.”
Immensely detailed and strongly personal, the landscape paintings of artist Tzu-chi Yeh are truly something to behold. A native of Guangdong, Yeh studied at the National Taiwan Academy of Arts before earning his master’s degree at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York City. Ever since, the artist has been traveling and participating in shows across the globe, especially in China and his native Taiwan.
There’s something quite remarkable about Yeh’s landscapes, which often depict trees and deeply overgrown forests. The subjects are simple, with little to distract, but where they seemingly lack they make up in their amazing beauty and detail, and their powerful spirit. Via Ravenel International Art Group, “Yeh’s paintings are the records of his inner feelings, realistic with symbolic metaphors, paintings are filled with a personal touch, strong and unique in style.”
Heading to auction on June 5 in Taipei, Taiwan, is Yeh’s breathtaking “Top of the Tree.” Typically for Yeh’s landscapes, the viewer is presented with a large arching mass at the center of the linen that stretches from side to side. The mass is a richly detailed — almost cloud-like — arrangement of thick trees that seem to bubble up from the bottom of the frame. Above the central subject one finds a refreshing image of the sky with smoky clouds. Auction estimates are between $104,200 and $134,800.
To view the full catalogue, visit Ravenel International Art Group.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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