Yu Ji

Sir James Mirrlees, 1936 - 2018. Nobel Laureate for Economics

About this artwork

Scottish economist Sir James Mirrlees won the 1996 Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics. He is a highly respected figure in the field of information economics and it was for his economic models and equations, published whilst teaching at Oxford University, that he received the Nobel Prize. Ji’s portrait positions Mirrlees within a composition that gives an insight into this distinguished background. On the wall in the background hangs a replica of a metope from the Parthenon which shows Hercules returning the world to Atlas’ shoulders. This narrative highlights the moment when wisdom triumphs over strength – a reference to the sitter’s intellect. A more overt glimpse into Mirrlees’ career comes from the journal on the desk - ‘Ecometricia’, an academic journal of economics.

  • title:
    Sir James Mirrlees, 1936 - 2018. Nobel Laureate for Economics
  • accession number:
    PG 3502
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    2007
  • measurements:
    91.00 x 76.00 cm (framed: 104.20 x 89.30 x 4.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Commissioned 2007
  • copyright:
    © Hongyu Ji
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Yu Ji

Yu Ji

Yu Ji was born in Beijing and studied at the city’s Central Academy of Fine Arts from 1977 to 1981. In 1983 he moved to the USA to continue his studies at the State University of New York, New Paltz, gaining an M.A. in painting and drawing in 1986, and printmaking in 1989. Ji taught for several years at Southern Utah University, from 1989 to 1994, and Eastern Illinois University, from 1994 to 1999. He is currently Professor of Arts at California State University. As an artist he explores contemporary urban life in a distinctly figurative manner. Ji’s sketchbooks play a pivotal role in his work, with the artist using them as a means to chronicle his environment before developing his sketches and notes into paintings.