What is fascinating about the painting process is the process itself: from preparing the tools to cleaning the palette at the end of the session. Nothing compares to the excitement of the first hour in front of an easel. You are so carried away by the motive (or model) that you hardly even look at your canvas.—Yuriy Ushakov
Playful in his technique, Yuriy produces work pulsating with life. Strong passages of paint are applied to the canvas with exceptionally gestural brushwork, invoking the unexpectedness of Nicolai Fechin and even connecting with the AbEx tradition.
Yuriy was born in 1992 to a family of artists and has undergone an impressive 11-year training to become a professional artist. He first studied at the Irkutsk Specialized Art School, and in 2020, he graduated from the prestigious Repin Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St.Petersburg, Russia.
Yuriy participates in national and international art exhibitions, and his work can be found in private collections in Russia and all around the world.
Photo: © Yuriy Ushakov
VIDEOS AND INTERVIEWS
Defence of the Diploma Project at the Saint-Petersburg Art Academy
"The principle reason and purpose of my activity is an internal need to react to the world out there. This need is devouring, wholesome, self-sufficient, and does not allow room to bring in any outside agendas."
— YURIY USHAKOV
FROM THE "FRIENDS" SERIES
"The artistic process begins with the preparation of the canvas; the painting surface can be made impermanent and alive. The canvas itself is a perfectly defined plane, but as soon as the first line is added, it becomes completely undefined, alive with a myriad of possibilities, suspending any certainty in time."
— YURIY USHAKOV