Alexander Yulish works in a state of play, investigating humanity’s shared unconsciousness through charcoal, ink and paint. Yulish’s paintings are expressive and figurative in nature, emphasizing emotional impact, the human psyche, and the artist’s own interior landscape. Yulish states: “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.”
Yulish explores themes of both celebration and torment in his work, employing vibrant animated colors and gestural black markings to depict distorted human figures. Each piece contains an individual narrative but the series as a whole is thematically linked, as Yulish drew inspiration for Immovable Thoughts from conversations, people and events from the past year of his life. Art critic and curator Doug McClemont writes of Yulish: “he shares with us the contents of his flickering inner life, translated into permanence by paint. A mined mind, if you will. His paintings remind us that life is a process of melting and muddling.” Spanning a collection of canvases, the paintings present viewers with an abundance of visual information—a combination of irregular as well as loosely geometric shapes, muted tones comprising negative spaces and bold, dark linear elements.