‘Lady Aglais Io’ by Juliana Kolesova
Artist: Juliana Kolesova
Title: ‘Lady Aglais Io’ (from the ‘Life of Insects’ series)
Medium: Oil on Wooden Panel
Dimensions: 10” x 10”
Framing: Unframed (however, the panel is mounted on a painted wooden subframe, which is 1” thick)
Year of Creation: 2018
About the ‘Life of Insects’ series:
“I was always fascinated by the pre-Christian era philosophy and the aesthetics of medieval painting. In the series “Life of insects,” I wanted to combine a visual stylization of pre-Renaissance painting with ancient metaphysical symbolism and the concept of a game of postmodernism – a game of alternative reality with fictitious conditions. In this case, it is human perception by insects: insect as a conscious being; humanity as an abstract concept. My work is just the start of a game that maintains openness to interpretation after interpretation.” – Juliana Kolesova
About the Artist:
Born and raised in Russia, I received a Master’s degree in fine art and design from the Moscow School of Applied Arts, where I also studied world History of Art and costumes. After graduating I began my career as a painter and my pieces were displayed and sold in numerous exhibitions throughtout Europe. Since that time I have worked as an illustrator and art director for various companies in Moscow and Toronto. My artistic abilities have been recognized through numerous national and international awards for illustrations, graphic design and photography.
Through my personal work, I seek to create enchanting, curious and captivating art, which stems from a certain emotional, historical or cultural approach. I seek to balance real life with spiritualism, the elegance of classical art with modern vision. I like to experiment and play with elements melting one, into another.
I don’t belive art is often intentional. It is not bound to be any one thing, nor should it be described any one way. My art, while having a certain idea behind it, is free to be interpreted on a very individual basis and does not necessarily fall under any specific desciption, nor is it destined to be any one genre of art.