The unique and original works of Russian artist Artyom Shulga speak of playfulness and delight. Despite portraying a moment frozen in time, Shulga’s photographic images are marked by movement, swirling fields of light and vibrant color that highlight and alter his human subjects. Color, for Shulga, “has enormous value for the spectator,” largely as an indicator of mood, emotional state, and psychological feeling. In combination with the ever-present sense of motion, the use of effervescent tones and metallic paper creates an energy that electrifies Shulga’s photographs, evoking sentiments such as joy, exuberance, and liveliness. These works are fully designed, conceived and composed to radiate these positive qualities, offering the viewer an alternate world infused with hope.
Born in Barnaul, in the Altaian District of Russia, Artyom Shulga studied clothing design, photography, and videography in Odessa and Kiev. This artistic training reveals itself in Shulga’s mixed-media work, producing intriguing and complex creations.