An active traveler and yachtsman, Yulia Mamontova knows how to find the places where no one has been before her and transfers her impressions and her artistic view to realistic or abstract canvases that infect the viewer with vivid emotions and passionate love for the sea, people and life.
The artworks from the series “The World through the Eyes of the Artist” are created using the author's technique Oρείχαλκος - oil on brass, following the traditions of the old masters, such as Sebastiano del Piombo, Caravaggio, Michelangelo and Veronese, as well as ancient Russian icon painters. The shine of metal in combination with the texture of the brushstroke does not allow the eye to divide the space into the first, second and third planes, but turns the image into a mirage. The artworks by Yulia Mamontova are expressed on the basis of natural impressions, the importance of which is to convey the spirit of any city, the historical atmosphere of buildings and picturesque places in different parts of the world.
On the father’s side, the artist is the great-granddaughter of the Russian merchant Vasily Mamontov, who continued the family business of the XVIII-XIX centuries in trade and delivery of goods from England to Arkhangelsk and the Urals on the Mezen river. Inspired by the history of her family, Yulia took her family name as a pseudonym and continued this cultural heritage: in the end of the 19th century a famous Maecenas Savva Mamontov had gathered around him the Abramtsevo Art Circle of the creative intelligentsia, where the most famous Russian world-class artists such as Repin, Vasnetsov, Serov, Vrubel, Polenov, Korovin, Nesterov were living and working.
The main artistic goal of Yulia Mamontova is to revive the ancient techniques and to preserve them for new generations, following the traditions of her ancestors – Russian merchants and patrons. Another ancient sacred technique in which the artist works is encaustics: she uses the beeswax on high quality wood of different species. One of the artworks presented at her exhibition was created in this media.
The project “The World through the Eyes of the Artist” was curated by international Art Curator, Daria Rusakova, who has created the concepts for more than 100 art projects and organized more than 60 exhibitions, art residencies and art symposiums for emerging Russian artists all over the world.
The exhibition will last till February 22, 2021.
Yulia Mamontova Zabrodina had graduated from the Moscow State Academic Art Institute named after V.I. Surikov at the Russian Academy of Arts, and later improved her skills at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and at OTIS College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. In 2019 Yulia became the “Artist of the Year” according to the Women’s Time International “Art & Business Awards-2019”.
Her paintings form part of the public and private collections in Russia, Greece, USA, Saudi Arabia, Turkey. Yulia has participated in personal and collective exhibitions in Russia, Europe and the United States.