Yury Popov fine artist

Artist’s statement

Every artist, including myself, dreams of an audience that will admire both their accomplishments and their room for future growth. In my inspiration, my most precious viewer will enjoy the poetry of art and the beauty of an artistic game, created by my brushes. Hence, I am in a pursuit of creating art that requires discovery both by the artist and the viewer. It is consistently a private conversation between me and someone who values my work. The part of of my artistic life brings many mysteries, although there is no coincidence in our world: some strangers recognize themselves or their acquaintances in my paintings. It is not striking news to me anymore as the world interconnects people through very unpredictable instances and often it happens through art.

My work usually gives the impression of remembrances, which evokes something private for the beloved viewer. It is remarkably popular with my viewers to tell that the painting awakes their forgotten, but happiest recollections, and that makes me happy. I feel that we all have one thing in common, which is our planet and the grace of nature. In that simple discovery, I create for my audiences tirelessly.

I started painting at an early age, received an academic education at the fine art schools, however, prefer my own unique artistic style. I hope it is noticeable that I devote so much attention to minor details as much as I can as I value them the most for my art. They contribute to the image and message significantly. It’s accomplished through the scenes behind the principal object, and insignificant details are the path to the invisible relationship among all objects on my canvases.

The beauty of each moment is in a constant dynamic movement, which is often in a frozen state. Just like in some kids’ games, my goal is to tag the objects in my art and they must freeze and remain frozen until my viewer tags them again and they continue their journey. This is what I love the most about art: people tell me some fascinating stories they associate with my creations or art.

Some art critics view my work as lyrical; still, I hope my audiences will find them often whimsical. Some people think that my art is religious when they see iconic images. However, I grew up in places with many churches and icons, and my eyes got trained through that exposure. Although the Holy Trinity by Andrei Rublev has a profound impact on me, I consider my art as spiritual rather than religious. Therefore, I’m an artist who has little to relate to a controversial image. Outrageous design is not my preference, which never had been or will be. At the same time, I respect the artists who are breaking the barriers, dogma, and are exceedingly rebellious.

Still, my heart desires to create the art that conveys my philosophy, which is my appreciation of simple things. Many of my audiences have observed they do not see any sorts of aggression in my art, and I heartily agree with them. There is so much hostility in real-life, and I don’t like to multiply it through my art. In my inner core, I view aggression and violence as a primitive stage of mind that does not deserve any artistic glory of existence, at least in my pieces. In that respect, I need to remain authentic to myself. As an artist, I am hopeful that my art brings people only positive emotions and memories to treasure throughout someone’s life.