Oil on plywood
Dimensions: 50cm (H) x 50cm (W) x 0.5cm (D) / 19.7" (H) x 19.7" (W) x 0.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
"Where I have never been to #3" is an abstract oil landscape painting by Yulia Lenina, with green and pink-orange colors - to buy at the Artling online art gallery.
It is a part of the series of abstract oil landscapes on primed plywood - "Where I have never been to".
The technique of execution combines spontaneity and control. I let the oil form "random" landscapes due to its fluidity, and I made the sky using a glazing technique to get a lot of shade transitions. This way, I play with contrasts, which are an important part of my artistic practice. The texture of the landscape elements is also contrasting - the Earth is deliberately convex due to the texture of the oil layer, and the sky is transparent and weightless.
Often viewers see something of their own in my works. Something they've seen before and the places where they've been. The title of this series is a micro-journey through the eyes of my viewers.
Sides are painted, ready to hang, but can be framed if desired.
Based in: Moscow and Kyiv
Yulia Lenina was born in 1978 in Saratov (Russian Federation).
Attending art school as a child she then chose a technical university to achieve her degree in programming. Still, art was always in her mind and soul. In 2003 she moved to Moscow. Working in IT and sales for 15 years, in 2015 she got back to the painting. In 2019 she discovered collage and since then it is her second main technique to work with. In 2019 she quit the job to be a full-time artist.
She explores such personal themes as the interaction of a human being with the Universe, trust in the world and chance. Collage is another tool for Yulia to explore the relations between an artist and the world. She applies even more abstraction to it.
Yulia Lenina currently lives and works in Moscow and Kyiv and is studying in the Kyiv Academy of Media Arts.
She is represented by AG Gallery Moscow (Winzavod) and Artflood Gallery (Moscow-London). Her works are in private and public collections in Russia, UK, Scotland, Turkey and Ukraine.
In my art practice, I explore topics such as human interaction with the universe, trust in the world and the phenomenon of chance. As a person, I constantly ask myself: where is the line between chaos and control, chance and fate? When can I influence the result, and when can I just accept the situation and adapt to it? As an artist, I am looking for a balance between which idea I want to express and the ability to give the floor to the medium I work with. Thus, I myself become a "medium", a part of the creative process.
I am obsessed with color, it is my passion and the engine of the creative process both in painting and in collage.
In my work with painting, I chose a landscape as a symbol of the world around us. First, an idea appears in my head, its color image and structure, which are the starting point. Then the journey into the unknown begins: I often act intuitively, without a clear preliminary plan. At this point, I interact with, honor and play with chance: I follow the media, each time deciding whether it works for my idea. Using the expressive movement of the entire arm and body, I create a complex object from layers of paint, color and texture.
The final image of the landscape is interesting for its abstractness, when everyone sees in it something of their own, belonging only to him. Instead of displaying real reality, I give the viewer freedom of imagination, bringing to life associations, emotions and memories. I send him on his own journey, providing an opportunity to expand his perception of reality.
In the collage, my images are completely abstract. Magazine pages torn at random symbolize that very chance and accident, and my task as an artist is to transform chaos from scattered pieces into a single harmonious whole. It is a dialogue on equal terms, an interaction between the outside world and my inner self when I accept and adapt to what the world gives.
Abstract shapes, complex textures, layering, unpainted parts of the canvas or torn edges of collages give a sense of the complexity and diversity of the world which I am a part of.
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