23 Feb – 27 March 2021
Huxley-Parlour are pleased to announce a solo presentation of new works by Yulia Iosilzon. The new body of work explores notions of hedonism, escapism and fantasy through the artist’s signature use of bold colours, and free-flowing calligraphic lines, laced with layers of symbolism and repeated motifs.
Referencing fairytales and religious iconography, Iosilzon’s work uses bold colours and free-flowing, calligraphic lines to depict dreamlike scenes. The paintings feature anthropomorphic characters in semi-abstracted bucolic and bright settings, interrupted by the inclusion of hieroglyphs and symbols.
Stating that she mixes references ‘like a salad’, Iosilzon is interested in repetition and duality of meaning. In developing a symbolic language – partly self-invented, partly plucked, magpie-like, from popular culture, folklore and religion – Iosilzon allows for multiple levels of meaning to emerge in her practice. Subverting binaries, her compositions are simultaneously direct and complex, otherworldly and familiar.
Iosilzon works directly with a mix of oil and silicone on stretched translucent silk. Building up layers of paint, and of meaning, the artist links her choice of medium to a ‘mosquito net’, offering transparency but also impenetrability. Iosilzon’s fractured compositions and disrupted narratives explore ideas of allusion, ephemerality and the consumption of images.
Yulia Iosilzon (b. Moscow, 1992) studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She was awarded the Audrey Wykeham Prize in 2017 and Bloomberg New Contemporaries prize in 2019.