Rupanyup, Julia Volchkova
About the work
The Rupanyup silo art is the work of Russian mural artist, Julia Volchkova. Departing from the artist’s usual focus on various communities’ older generations, the work represents a faithful portrayal of the small farming town’s love of sport.
The featured faces belong to Rupanyup residents and local sporting team members, Ebony Baker and Jordan Weidemann. Fresh-faced and donning their sports attire (netball and Aussie Rules football, respectively), Baker and Weidemann embody a youthful spirit of strength, hope and camaraderie.
Rendered onto a squat pair of conjoined steel grain silos and accomplished over three weeks, the delicately nuanced monochromatic work is typical of Volchkova’s realist portraiture style. Unveiled in March 2017, the mural quietly honours the integral role that sport and community play in rural Australian populations.
Julia Volchkova was born in Nizhnevartovsk, Siberia, Russia and studied classical painting there before moving to St Petersburg in 2010. Heavily influenced by Russian realist painter Ilya Repin, Volchkova’s delicate portraiture work seeks to explore the rich diversity that makes up a local population.
Volchkova uses her art as a tool to deepen her knowledge of the cultures and places that she visits. Always on a quest to understand the different communities that make up a local population, her frequent travels have resulted in several large-scale murals of local people in Russia, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia.
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