Kira Yustak
Long Branch, New Jersey

Kira Yustak paints fantastical scenes that come from her childhood memories, dreams, and the natural world. Each piece feels like part of a larger narrative of an alternative reality, rendered in a style she describes as comic realism. She feels art must trigger something inside the viewer’s soul.Kira currently lives in New Jersey and finds inspiration in the work of Lowbrow, Folk, and Surrealist artists.

Artist and Customer Comments

Kira Yustak 6/18/2016 | 10:35 PM

Thank-you so much! I am glad that you like the painting! Enjoy it.

L Wells purchased this artwork. 6/18/2016 | 7:47 AM

Received Charlotte. Love those glasses.You have a style all your own. Definitely a talented artist.

Frank 11/23/2015 | 12:27 PM

Kira, Your delightful painting, Autumn Breeze, arrived quickly and it is already one of my favorites. You so well captured the look of the subject as she glazes outward thinking of her life, what might have been and what will be next. Please don't stop painting Kira, your work is unique and captivating. Cheers, Frank

Frank 11/16/2015 | 1:58 PM

I loved the insight you provided Kira and I could not express it better- Im printing off your response to keep with the painting- and the name Kira, as an artist with great insight is perfect!!!!! Thanks so much, Cheers, Frank

Kira Yustak 11/16/2015 | 1:34 PM

Hello Frank, thank-you so much for your purchase of my painting "Autumn Breeze"! Many of the women I paint are fictitious characters, so there wasn't a particular person or model. I painted her from my imagination to express a feeling. She is walking through the park on a breezy Autumn day and thinking about her life and what she will do next. She feels as if there is a change in the air, just like the seasons are changing. It's as if you can hear the leaves rustling too. I hope that gives you some insight!

Frank 11/16/2015 | 1:22 PM

Hi Kira- I could not resist "Autumn Breeze"- somehow the face on that woman captivated me and I just had to have it. Was there a model and if so or not what was her expression trying to say? Can't wait to hang it in my art room. Cheers, Frank

Kira Yustak 10/31/2015 | 10:10 AM

Thank-you for the wonderful compliment!

R Wise 10/30/2015 | 1:31 PM

All I hear these days is, I should work in series', and yet you do not work in series', but I recognize every one as yours alone. Beautiful work!

D Mehal 2/9/2011 | 2:28 AM

The colors you have chosen in this piece are very soothing. They have a pulsing sort of warmth that draws me in to perch among the leaves. I could meditate for hours on our feathered friends preoccupation. Very fulfilling composition.

Kira Yustak 9/23/2010 | 12:03 PM

I am very pleased to have my artwork represented on UGALLERY! Thank-you for stopping by to view my work, and please do not hesitate to post any questions you may have or comments!


Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front and back

24" h x 24" w x 1" d
2 lbs. 0 oz.


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I often have a pile of branches waiting for the next campfire in my backyard. I decided to paint it one day because I like the circle of bricks and textures of the twigs overlapping. I like the rustic sculpture it makes! 

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Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.

Stretched canvas

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