WORKAHOLIC // ALEXANDER YULISH
For Alexander Yulish, growing up in New York City in the 1980s was an experience never to forget. He spent his youth in the halls of the Chelsea Hotel where he lived with his mother, famed sculptor Barbara Pearlman. The vivid characters that came in and out of his world at a young age are present in the emotion of color and the shapes that he paints today. Both his mother and his father, encouraged their son to see the world in a unique and personal way. His experiences as an only child fueled his creative desire to always be in a state of play, a desire that is still present well into his adulthood. This position fosters a ﬁerce individuality and a sense of expression that is evident in his art. The rhythm of a painting by Yulish is in constant ﬂux. Ideas in vibrant color appear to be looped in his mind like maddening music, not content to remain in the background. He captures life’s feedback and gives it a face. Alexander has since moved to Los Angeles still dividing his time between LA and New York. You can most likely find him hibernating at his artist studio in downtown LA, preparing for one of the biggest exhibitions of his career at the Ace Gallery on October 10th.
Who are you and what do you do.
My name is Alexander Yulish and I am a painter.
Where is your workspace?
My workspace is in Downtown, Los Angeles.
What made you turn to this direction?
My mother was a sculptor and a painter. As I grew up, it felt like it was my path.
Was this always your dream job?
Yes. Simply to do what you love everyday makes me feel extreme lucky.
How much of the week is work, how much is play?
Even when I am working I feel I try to play in the studio. When I really think about it I go in to the studio and I get to paint with all these differently kinds of colors. The best work for me is when you play and work with complete abandonment. It’s definitely not all the time but when it does special things happen.
What has been the most exciting thing you have done with your work, and what is a dream situation you’d like to find yourself in?
One of the most exciting things was when I decided I was going to do this for a living. I knew there was no turning back. There was an unbelievable excitement that innately came with that. The dream situation is to do a show with my mother. The show would be filled with paintings and sculptures.
How do you find your inspiration?
Through everything. I am constantly bombarded with images, people’s voices, touch, random conversations etc. All these get imprinted in me and I get to work them out on a canvas. In the studio I get to find my place in this crazy world.
How do you define your personal style, work and clothing, etc.?
Modern but always grounded in a timeless way.
What’s something someone may not know about you?
For the life of me I can’t remember names. Sometimes I even temporarily forget dear friends names. It’s so embarrassing.
Anything else you would like to say or for us to know?
Give me a second. I am thinking about it.