Jeffrey Yuan is a New Jersey-based artist born in New York City. He grew up in an immigrant household surrounded by classical Chinese landscape paintings by his paternal grandfather. Like many classical Chinese painters, Yuan uses the image to bring the viewer into the artist’s inner world, one where man is an unseen transitory observer and the presence of empty space is just as important as the presence of a solid object.
Trained as a molecular biologist, Yuan analyzed the intricacies of the world around him and developed facility in laboratory methods. The technical aspects of photography are closely akin to laboratory bench work and hence become a “zone of comfort” that enables his self-expression. His photographic processes incorporate both traditional darkroom film-based methods and digital-based methods. Depending on the subject material and desired sensibility, he will shoot with a large format film camera, a scanner or a digital single lens reflex camera and print using either an inkjet printer or traditional darkroom approaches such silver gelatin or platinum/palladium. The precision of the modern digital approaches and the demands of film create a rigorous framework on which to build a rich personal worldview.
He has studied photography at the International Center for Photography in New York City, Peters Valley Craft Center in New Jersey, Atelier Champagne in Praslin France and with Jean Luc Monterosso, Koichiro Kurita and Ernestine Rubens. His work has been exhibited in galleries in France, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania and in many juried competitions. His work can also be found in several private collections, including the corporate collection of Otsuka America Corporation.