“To me art is about intimacy. I am interested in exploring interior landscapes. I use the brush like a blowtorch to melt away the surface and express what lies below. I never know what I will uncover and that unpredictability is what draws me to paint.” – Alexander Yulish
Alexander Yulish’s paintings display a level of visual literacy that make it unsurprising to learn he grew up the son of an artist surrounded by art. Yulish was born in New York in 1975 to fine artist and sculptor, Barbara Pearlman. The language of lines, emotion of color and sensitivity to shape have been a part of Yulish’s visual and verbal vocabulary since the day he was born.
For his most recent show at KM Fine Arts Yulish created a series of works that present a barrage of color and form and evoke a visceral response. Color, lines and paint become all-encompassing, possessing and affecting. Each canvas or paper contains both intensely bright and sparsely muted colors, which creates a tension that is abstract, but psychologically tangible. As Doug McClemont wrote for the exhibition catalogue:
Picking up his own brush was a revelation for the artist, and painting remains the favored form of self-expression for releasing the colors in his head. Yulish’s works are handsome psychological investigations that include memory and misery, and perhaps a bit of celebration of the moment. Like deKooning before him, Yulish presents a forceful distortion of figures that verges on abstraction. The hues are quickly laid down and the gestures subject to alteration upon alteration. His “people,” like deKooning’s women, morph noisily before us. They wink and wince. Dance and cringe.
Definitely worth a look the show is up through April 23. Check the gallery’s website for hours and directions.