Siberian shamanism & Sakha people in Yuri Sleptsov’s scratched drawings. Fine arts.

Scratchboards by Yuri Sleptsov, Siberian artist.

Scratchboards by Yuri Sleptsov, Siberian artist.

Yuri Sleptsov, a Siberian artist based in Yakutsk, Russia

Yuri Sleptsov, a Siberian artist based in Yakutsk, Russia

Hereby I present Yuri Sleptsov‘s art works. His drawings are done on a plastic board with the use of a scalpel. Such a technique is called scratchboard or scraperboard (grattazh, in Russian). Learn more about it on Wiki.

Yuri prefers to use the plastic, as it provides the sharp contrast between white lines and the black inked background. This technique is used very rarely. The drawing might be created in the course of several weeks, months or even year. A hard work. One little mistake might spoil the whole art piece.

Yuri Sleptsov started drawing in the scraperboard style in 1991. Since that, he participated in many various exhibits and was awarded for originality and fine technique.

He didn’t graduate any arts schools. Yuri used to be an economist, retailor, auditor. Currently, he is devoted to ethnographic researches. Does a lot to keep Eveni children’s summer nomad camp in Momsky region, North-East Yakutia.

Once Yuri said to me that his grandmother was a female shaman, one of his grandfarther (through farther’s line) was also shaman. Well, I am not surprise to feel some power in his artful images.

Scratchboards by Yuri Sleptsov, Siberian artist.

Mandar Uus (Boris Neustroev), a famous Sakha writer from the Tattinsky region of Central Yakutia.

Scratchboards by Yuri Sleptsov, Siberian artist.

Brothers.

Scratchboards by Yuri Sleptsov, Siberian artist.

Old Sakha man.

Scratchboards by Yuri Sleptsov, Siberian artist.

An American professor Correl.

Scratchboards by Yuri Sleptsov, Siberian artist.

A Siberian laika puppy and a butterfly.

To support his children’s summer nomadic school in Momsky region, Yuri Sleptsov accepts orders for drawings. Send us your inquiry.

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