“The artist is like a vessel, and before pouring something out of it, you must fill it.”
Julia iSABEL is a contemporary artist, graphic designer, and activist based in Fairfield, Connecticut.
This painting depicts a Russian surfer in a gas mask who is a victim to the toxic spill off the Kamchatka peninsula in early September of 2020 that killed ninety-five percent of marine life in the surrounding seabed. With this work the artist wants to bring awareness to the issue of destructive environmental policies worldwide by embracing the idea that oceans don't belong to any country, but are assets of humanity. Keeping them clean is the responsibility of each and every one of us.
Her natural talent, love for details, and an everlasting longing for perfection, along with a constant search for answers to imperative questions and an unquenchable curiosity in discovering and utilizing diverse techniques, make iSABEL’s artworks meaningful and unique.
Greta Thunberg: School Strike for Climate
This painting depicts the wast size portrait of Greta Thunberg in the front of her iconic signboard SKOLSTREJK FÖR KLIMATET. Greta is a Swedish teenage environmental activist internationally known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action against climate change.
Whether these are epic, mural-sized enamel paintings, ancient encaustic artworks, or more traditional watercolor and charcoal pieces, through them iSABEL explores representation and brings urgency to the complex issues our diverse, global, and rapidly changing society faces at every stage of its development.
“I believe being an artist is a huge responsibility as Art is an incredibly powerful tool making it possible to get into people's minds without words.”
Julia iSABEL (Iuliia Rybchynska) grew up in Kiev, Ukraine and now lives and works in Connecticut, USA. She earned degrees in Studio Art and Graphic Design at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. She has won numerous awards for her artwork and for her design projects. She has exhibited her work at Yale University, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles in California, Sacred Heart University in Connecticut in her solo exhibit, along with other galleries in the United States and internationally.
I have been a lot of things: a child born in the Soviet Union who saw no colors other than red, black, and grey; a teenager who had witnessed the collapse of a once "great country” followed by a complete desolation in all spheres of newborn Ukraine; a victim of assaults with complete impunity for the culprits; a student who has got a business degree instead of an Art one to be able to survive in a harsh reality of nineteenth, a successful photo and runway model; the wife of a politician; a single mother of three boys with unstable income and uncertain future…
iSABEL’s recent collection of artworks, “Into the Horizon: Monumental Art for the Environment,” supports the anti-global warming and plastic pollution movements and, along with environmental activists from across the globe, brings attention to the crucial issues caused by human activity that is destroying our planet and making it almost impossible for future generations of humans and animals to live in safe and bountiful surrounding. “Into the Horizon” is primarily made with enamel on raw, vast canvases by channeling the color simplification and dripping technique of Jackson Pollock into her personal vision.
The tremendous wave painting is created using an authentic artist’s technique “tamed drip” which is based on the well-known dripping technique of Jackson Pollock, but contrary to his technique, the tamed drip is more controlled which makes it possible to bring a subject matter into the imagery. The Wave is reconﬁrming the magniﬁcent beauty of the oceans without a plastic footprint in it.
“At a very young age, when I was a six-year-old girl, while drawing a flying car and dreaming of making people free to fly like birds, I discovered that creativity is the only thing that makes me unconditionally happy.”
A beautiful highly detailed watercolor piece that gives a real joy to the eye and call for attention on a plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. If we do not stop using plastic packaging, future generations will only be able to catch the beauty of the sea species from pictures.
At a very young age, when I was a six-year-old girl, while drawing a flying car and dreaming of making people free to fly like birds, I discovered that creativity is the only thing that makes me unconditionally happy. Starting at that time, my main ambition was to become an artist and designer. It just so happened that I first had to live one-third of my life before my life-path finally started aligning with my true calling.
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This painting is an another environmental mural that shows the plastic footprint in the ocean that our civilization has made. The application of the plastic trash is removable, by this the artist wanted to say, that it is all up to us, humans, how our oceans are going to look like in the future.