Artist Yulia Brodskaya's Quilled Paper Paintings

“Utilizing vibrantly colored paper, artist and illustrator Yulia Brodskaya  creates unique three-dimensional portraits that reflect the beauty found in old age. Each work contains a palette of colors that remain at the center of her focus, recently concentrating on precious jewel tones that also serve as the title for each portrait. Previously Brodskaya had referred to these quilled pieces as drawings, but the more expressionistic her style becomes, the more her work reflects a painterly approach.

‘I used to say that I was drawing with paper, but I believe with this technique I’ve found a way to paint with paper,’ said Brodskaya to Colossal. ‘I mix strips of paper as I would mix paints on a palette. These artworks are all about color and the unique, tactile feel that paper strips add to it. The portraits resemble oil and acrylic painting (especially from a distance), but with a textured paper twist.…'”

3 Responses to Artist Yulia Brodskaya's Quilled Paper Paintings

  1. mauisurfer says:

    Mathew Westcott – Banana Bark Collage Land and Seascapes

    "I grew up in my grandmother's garden. She was a Cherokee Indian, and I was taught to see Nature as an integral part of me. When I was 23, I moved into the rainforests of Maui, where I still live, and grew gardens of my own.

    "I see the things around me repeating other shapes — a small leaf the fin of a fish, a mountain, a waterfall, a boulder, or feathers. In my art, I try to place the shapes into a composition so everyone, from no matter what walk of life, can see what I see: secret places, power, beauty or love, but most of all, a heartfelt enchantment with our beautiful world.

    "A form placed in the foreground becomes a small stone, but placed in the back it becomes a towering mountain. A corner infers a secret place waiting to be discovered just ahead. In the far distance there's a world of new horizons. Your imagination and your artist within is the key to enjoying my artwork."

    "The nature scenes displayed here are made entirely of natural-color banana bark, with accents of sea grape on the smaller pieces. The banana plant is a large herb, a member of the grass family. As the tree matures, the outer sheaths dry and peel away. Those are what I use. The rough-textured pieces are from the outer surface of the bark; the luminous pearl pieces are from the inside. However, the most that photographic images can convey is an impression of my artwork. The three-dimensional nature and nuances of luminosity that change with the light go flat in photographs."

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful art.

    It has always intrigued me, artists who have the innovation and skill to take unusual mediums (as opposed to paint/charcoal/pencil etc), to create art.

  3. I would mix paints on a palette.

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