Julia Klimova
JULIA KLIMOVA

ARTIST STATEMENT

Painting for me is a passion, a fascinating process of seeing, which alters the vision of things. The everyday becomes special, unique, unknown. What is seen, is never what is painted, yet the painting becomes a new reality. When somebody inquires "How long did it take you to paint this picture?" - I answer it, but to myself I think : "How long? My entire life", it is a result of a lifelong journey into self discovery.

I was born in the southern Russia. Perhaps the place where I grew up, which was full of light, sun, warmth, has influenced my perception and sense of color. I feel that my creativity has been largely formed by the accumulated from the childhood images of beauty in nature and life.

I have liked drawing and painting for as long as I can remember myself. Since my childhood, painting for me is always a door to another new world. You know where to go, but you only have a vague idea of what you will find there. This discovery is always an absorbing and exciting experience for me. Watercolors were my first love, but presently I work mostly with oil, because it allows me to create a more intricate volumetric texture. It is a well-known saying among artists that it is not important what you paint, but rather how you do that. My subjects are diverse: still-lives, portraits, landscapes, cityscapes. In each of them, I focus on the idea and unusual composition that conveys the mood and creates a fresh look at the subject. I strive to use vibrant but precise colors to enhance the emotional message of my paintings. It is hard to convey the exhilaration when these elements come together on canvas, and you become a witness of a transformation from a white sheet into a new world.

The great pieces of art are both timeless and contemporary. My paintings combine the changing particularities of our modern experiences with the expressions of eternal values, beauty, aspirations and humanity, which I hope will lift the spirits and delight the eyes of those seeing them for many years to come.

-- Julia Klimova

EDUCATION
2000 MA in Fine Arts, Rostov State Pedagogical University
1990 Diploma, Kamensk Art School for Children

WORK EXPERIENCE
2004-2012 Artist (full time)
2000-2003 Interior Designer

EXHIBITIONS
2011 The Artist Project, New York
2010 Towne Square Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2008 Annual Women Art Show, Opus Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2007 Two-Artist Show, Loretta Goodwin Gallery, Birmingham
2007 Artexpo, New York
2006 Summer Salon, Jules Place, Boston
2006 Introductions '06, Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta
2004 Artsclamation!, Knoxville, TN
2004 Show of Botanical Garden Artists, Newfoundland
2004 Show of Art Association of Newfoundland & Labrador

PUBLICATIONS
2007 Tasteful Texture by Marti Davis, News Sentinel
2006 Drawn to the Edge: Celebrating the Art Collection of North America's Easternmost City, The Catalog of the Civic Art Collection of the City of St. John's, Newfoundland
2006 Fine Art Connoisseur
2006 Art Galleries & Artists of the South

Julia's paintings can be found in private collections and galleries in USA and Canada. Her art is featured in the catalog of the Civic Art Collection of the City of St. John's, Newfoundland called "Drawn to the Edge: Celebratring the Art Collection of North America's Easternmost City".