“Like a paper plane whose flight path is hardly ever straight, embrace uncertainty – just go with it. Consider see factors from a distinct angle.”

By Aimee Morris | 04 Nov 2022

Yuliya Martynova is a lady of numerous abilities. The Kazakhstan born artist has labored in Legislation, Prosperity Management and Engineering. She has several law levels, plus an MBA to boot. In 2015, Yuliya took the plunge and made the decision to make artwork her occupation. Now she will work amongst studios in Moscow and London and exhibits her watercolours at art fairs throughout the British isles. Her performs are on display screen in a lot of corporate places of work and they’ve also appeared on the huge display, in Health practitioner Bizarre and in an episode of US Drama Scandal.

Yuliya in her studio


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

I was always portray in the background, even while I never ever regarded artwork as a viable occupation possibility. I lacked religion that it could be far more than a pastime. But then the right minute arrived, and it was now or never ever. I gave myself a yr to consider make my art effective. Within just a pair of months people were acquiring my art and curators have been giving me protection. Art grew to become my career, not just some thing I was fantastic at.

Yuliya functioning on her paper aircraft assortment in the studio


What is the inspiration powering your paper airplane and boat will work?

These are two signature collections that I run in parallel, and I arrived up with them in totally diverse methods.

Boats are quick. My partner is a sailor from Devon. He kept asking me to paint a boat-themed artwork for his father’s house, so just one working day I accidentally arrived up with a two-stroke boat illustration – shadow and hull. And the idea took off. It was so very simple, nonetheless impactful. It was a lightbulb moment.

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

The plan driving my paper planes is a very long story. But the inspiration arrived from viewing an installation by austrian artist Astrid Bin – a cloud of paper planes suspended from the ceiling. The geometry seemed aesthetically fantastic, and I instantly wanted to place that picture to paper.

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


Do you have a favourite or most meaningful perform?

I do, and it’s being offered to Texan collector as we discuss. It truly is ‘Vermilion Sky’, my pretty initially painting in crimson. I was so frightened of pink, but the painting totally modified my head about this color. I believe this portray is the greatest-well balanced and most wonderful development of mine to day.

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


What’s your favourite inspirational quotation?

“When nothing at all goes appropriate, go left.”  

I have it printed on my certificates of authenticity. It’s a humorous and inspiring perform on terms, which is also essentially the narrative of my paper aircraft collections. Like a paper plane whose flight path is under no circumstances straight, embrace uncertainty – just go with it. Test see points from a diverse 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 internet and I have experienced two really profitable artwork fairs on year 3 of my journey as an artist. The amount up would be to participate in additional fairs. I consider there is a crystal clear sample acquiring in the industry – people like to go see loads of artist underneath one roof.

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