“Like a paper plane whose flight route is never straight, embrace uncertainty – just go with it. Attempt see things from a unique angle.”

By Aimee Morris | 04 Nov 2022

Yuliya Martynova is a girl of numerous skills. The Kazakhstan born artist has labored in Regulation, Prosperity Management and Engineering. She has a number of legislation levels, furthermore an MBA to boot. In 2015, Yuliya took the plunge and determined to make artwork her occupation. Now she is effective between studios in Moscow and London and displays her watercolours at artwork fairs across the United kingdom. Her will work are on exhibit in a lot of company workplaces and they’ve also appeared on the significant display, in Medical professional Weird and in an episode of US Drama Scandal.

Yuliya in her studio


You have had an attention-grabbing occupation journey as a result of Law, Finance and Engineering. What brought you back again to artwork?

I was usually painting in the background, even while I by no means considered artwork as a viable occupation solution. I lacked religion that it could be more than a pastime. But then the suitable second came, and it was now or never. I gave myself a calendar year to try out make my artwork prosperous. Within just a few of months men and women ended up purchasing my artwork and curators were providing me coverage. Art grew to become my occupation, not just a thing I was superior at.

Yuliya functioning on her paper aircraft selection in the studio


What is the inspiration guiding your paper airplane and boat operates?

These are two signature collections that I operate in parallel, and I arrived up with them in totally distinctive means.

Boats are simple. My spouse is a sailor from Devon. He kept asking me to paint a boat-themed artwork for his father’s property, so one particular working day I unintentionally arrived up with a two-stroke boat illustration – shadow and hull. And the thought took off. It was so very simple, still impactful. It was a lightbulb moment.

Horizon, 2022, watercolour, acrylic and oil on canvas, 50 x 70cm

The strategy guiding my paper planes is a long tale. But the inspiration arrived from viewing an set up by austrian artist Astrid Bin – a cloud of paper planes suspended from the ceiling. The geometry appeared aesthetically perfect, and I straight away needed to set that impression to paper.

Linked | Bloom, 2019, watercolour 300gsm 100% cotton paper, 140 x 120cm


Do you have a favorite or most significant perform?

I do, and it’s becoming bought to Texan collector as we communicate. It really is ‘Vermilion Sky’, my very 1st portray in crimson. I was so worried of crimson, but the portray wholly transformed my brain about this color. I think this portray is the very best-well balanced and most attractive development of mine to date.

Migration | Vermilion Sky, 2016, watercolour, acrylic and oil, 120 x 100cm


What is your favourite inspirational quote?

“When practically nothing goes proper, go still left.”  

I have it printed on my certificates of authenticity. It is really a humorous and inspiring play on phrases, which is also basically the narrative of my paper airplane collections. Like a paper plane whose flight route is in no way straight, embrace uncertainty – just go with it. Try see factors from a unique angle.

Migration Evening Dreamer, 2022, oil, canvas, 120 x 120cm


What are your aspirations for the long run?

My artwork is doing nicely on the net and I have had two really profitable art fairs on yr a few of my journey as an artist. The level up would be to participate in more fairs. I feel there’s a obvious pattern creating in the industry – people like to go see heaps of artist below a single roof.

Migration | Kenyan Dawn, 2019, watercolour, acrylic and oil, 120 x 100cm