"For the most part, I choose my subjects according to their relationship with their historical moment. The media, both print and televised, provides me with topics and images. Using oil paint on canvas, I transform news into contemporary history paintings. I've always been obsessed with executions, the spectacle of the killing of a man by other men, and by the idea that history is a cycle that repeats itself forever in new ways."
Lisa Stahl, 'Contemporary History: Q&A with Yan Pei-Ming', Art in America, May 2012, online