Exhibition

Night Fishing In Uglijan - New Paintings by DANNY ISRAEL

9 Jun 2017 – 22 Jun 2017

Event times

Highgate Gallery open Tuesday-Friday 13:00-17:00
Saturday 11:00-16:00
Sunday 11:00-17:00
Closed Monday

Cost of entry

free

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  • Buses: 143, 210, 271 from Archway tube to Highgate Village
  • Tube: Archway or Highgate

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NIGHT FISHING IN UGLJAN came about after a visit by painter, writer and choreographer Danny Israel to this Croatian Island in 2014. These paintings replicate the process with acrylic paint, and with sand and gravel for surface texture.

About

Night Fishing in Ugljan is a series of 38 paintings which arose out of a trip to the island of Uglijan, in Croatia, where Danny Israel watched the fishermen use powerful lights to attract the fish to the surface.  

These paintings follow the stream of life, from microscopic forms to larger sea mammals, as they emerge from the deep.  It seemed there was a symbolism to this event, which it might be possible to approach in paint.  As it turned out this experience proved to be an infinite source of wonder at the drama beneath the surface.

These acrylic images are achieved by liberal use of the same medium, water, but Danny also wanted to create surfaces which in themselves are visually engaging, which arrest the attention, which detain the eye and which invoke the imagination.

Danny Israel studied Fine Art at the University of Wales (Cardiff).  His first exhibition was at Reading Museum in 1972 and he then exhibited annually at The Beecroft Gallery in Southend on Sea, Essex between 1972 and 1980.  He has work in various collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum Print Department and that of Elton John, and has exhibited occasionally over the intervening years.  

After a successful auction in 2014 he returned to exhibiting with a sell-out exhibition at the Babylon Gallery in Ely, and more recently at Highgate Contemporary Art.  This exhibition at HLSI is his third in the current series, and is much the largest.  

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