Berntson Bhattacharjee is pleased to announce the debut Stockholm exhibition of London based artist Yulia Iosilzon, titled The Big Fish!. This exhibition is the gallery’s inaugural show in Stockholm and is hosted in collaboration with Sotheby’s. Iosilzon's new body of work takes inspiration from Japanese forms of storytelling to explore themes of balance within nature.
Iosilzon’s practice marries together references from fairytales, mythology, nature and whimsical memories of her childhood. She tells stories in an almost allegorical way, using symbolism and fantastical characters to illustrate the deeper meanings within her work. This results in paintings that feel nostalgic to the viewer, even upon encountering them for the first time.
With this series of paintings, Yulia explores two Japanese artforms, Kabuki theatre and manga comics, and incorporates elements of these traditions into her practice. As with a comic strip, each painting in this body of work can be viewed individually, but together they create a story with a narrative. The drama and theatrical nature of Kabuki is a great inspiration to Yulia. With each painting she tells a tale, creating a magical act within the canvas.