Speaking about Ilya Volykhine, Nadine Imperati once described his intuitive way of arranging his subject on the paper or the canvas, and said that the lack of any academic structure explained a great part of the exotic attraction emanating from Volykhine's work; academic rules for composition or "proper drawing" were not important to him, and he rejected categories such as "modern" or "post-modern".
"I paint from my memory and imagination, everyday images of people in a whimsical world of farce" says Volykhine. The work is generally based around exploring domestic interior/exterior spaces and how the figure moves, sits and interacts within these places. I love the feelings of awkwardness that my paintings project through the mixture of both naive brush work, stylization and strange situations. I’m interested in moving between flat fields of color/space and defined detailed sections (areas of interest). This shifting idea allows my paintings to fall in and out of perspective and allows me to experiment with both highly controlled and loose mark-making.
"Ilya is a commited artist of a humanistic frame of mind and individualistic sensibility. His interest in the motivations, drives, anxieties and joy of private and public lives in which traces and signs of their interconnectedness and interactions are explored, is handled with an expansive, expressive and literate pictoral language of elegant stylization. Ilya's keeness of observation is incisive; revelation is fused with good humor and poignant subtleties of spirit." Ken Unsworth, AM