Yulia Robinson is an exciting painter, something about the energy in the marks she makes, the colour she uses, the ambition in her paint, the spontaneity, her blowing and dripping, her bleaching, her multi-layered paintings that involve both figurative forms and an abstract language, Yulia’s paintings are rich in texture, alive with personality, with commitment, with a vibrancy that comes with excitement of paint, the excitement of painting, of doing. Impulsive, physically expressive, sometimes unexpected, there;s a lot of movement in a Yulia Robinson painting it isn’t all about painting though, the first time we encountered Yulia via an open call for one of the very first Cultivate shows back in the days of Vyner Street it was a rather big installation piece, her sculpture can be rewarding but it is mostly about those bigger paintings and the energy of her marks. Yulia Robinson is a London-based artist, originally from Sakhalin Island, Russia, she’s taken part in quite a few Cultivate shows since that first appearance, she was with us at BSMT Space back in January, she’s in the latest on-line show, she’ll be with us again over at Columbia Road in April. We haven’t run one of those 13 Questions pieces for a while, Yulia has a number of shows coming up besides the Cultivate appearances, so it does feel like a good time to find out a little bit more about who Yulia Robinson is…
She didn’t answer all thirteen questions but then again we do say when we send these things out that people can pick and choose and there are no real rules, some of those questions are a touch light-hearted, others a little more serious, all designed to get the interviewee to open up just a little…
1: WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
My work is often characterised by gestural brush strokes, mark making and the impression of spontaneity. Using alternative techniques like blowing, dripping, bleaching she allows the paint to create unexpected forms and focuses on the dominant vibrant colours. The multi-layered paintings involve figurative forms along with a variety of abstract language. They evoke a meditational, emotional response and a feeling of liberty in the viewers, allowing one physically to experience the painting by wondering over pigment changing canvases. Often large in scale, my works are intense in colour, rich in texture, impulsive and deeply expressive. There’s a great sense of movement and rhythm in my work, particularly in the recent collection of dynamic splashy paintings.
2: WHERE ARE YOU TODAY? WHERE ARE YOU MOST DAYS?
Today i spent in studio as most of the days in spring as it the most busiest events time.
3: WHO OR WHAT IS EXCITING YOU RIGHT NOW?
4: WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?
See answer number twelve
5: HOW DO YOU WORK?
I put large canvas on the wall. Through tubes of paint on the floor. Using pallet knife or hands start making marks. Let the paint flow and drip. Fill in blank spaces with paints and spend some time meditating into patterns, mix of colours. Leave most exciting bits and work on “boring”areas. I like experimenting with media That’s painting . Sculpture is different. The material i use is going to define the whole idea of your piece. I like being connected with a feel of touch. I made few installations that included lots of different textures, things designed to be experienced by touch. (Plaster, Clay, metal, fur, paper, fabric..)
6: TELL US ABOUT THE ART YOU MOST IDENTIFY WITH?
7: WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR OWN WORK?
Expressiveness, mark making, enjoying research , seeing the progress , variety of materials and their qualities if sculpture
8: WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT YOUR OWN WORK?
I wish for more creativity and novelty.
9: WHAT HAS BEEN THE HAPPIEST MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE SO FAR?
I have many happy moments. I’m usually happy . never forget to thank people who bring the happiness into my life. I believe happiness is a state of mind.
10: WHAT MAKES YOU ANGRY?
Rudeness, irrespectfulness, violence to other people and nature, restrictions
11: WHICH SUPERPOWER WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE AND WHY?
I would choose to be able to fly. The thought of freedom and adventure excites me, make me feel alive .
12: WHAT COULDN’T YOU DO WITHOUT?
I think almost every artist was once asked why are they making art. I couldn’t do without making art, without making art with my hands. It’s just another sort of addiction. It’s not even a way to express yourself, it’s way of living.
13: WHAT IS IT ABOUT FLAMINGOES ANYWAY? OR MAYBE CORSETS?
It’s not about birds! Energy, freedom, colours, movement, gesture , mood, moment. After black and white period of print making Pink goes though all of my work installations, sculptures and paintings. I think it as a l’expression of sexuality, feminism and passion. Pink and red appear in my corset series and some erotic large paintings
there you have it, a touch of a flavour of Yulia Robinson and her paint, and no, of course it isn’t about the birds (or the corsets) but then again it partly is about the birds, Yulia’s paintings , when I get to see them in the flesh, excite me, her use of paint, the energy her mark making… Yulia Robinson and her paintings will be part of Cultivate’s latest group show Over and Over as part of the second Cultivate Columbia Road takeover at Shipton Street gallery, London E2, opening night Thursday April 18th, before that Yulia will be one of the “guest artists” at the Fruit Shop show at the same gallery, the Fruit Shop opens on APril 4th. Yulia also has a show called Duet coming up at The Fountain Gallery over at Hampton Court, KT8 9HA, Duet runs from 29th April until 12th May 2019 (late night private view on May 3rd) The show is said to be “an artistic dialogue between painter Yulia Robinson and sculptor Caroline Sayer, rather like the idea of a day out at Hampton Court. (sw)
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