Highlighting classical feminine beauty with impossibly realistic lighting, dreamy setting and joyous colour tones, Yigal OZERI's art exudes sensuality into fleeting moments of women interacting with their natural and urban surroundings.
The tradition of photographic realism dates back several centuries, as does society’s obsession with capturing reality in all of its gritty, humanist glory. Since the times of Christ, artists have dedicated their practice to producing lifelike renderings of an imagined figure. Bewitched by the promise of fantasy-in-life, painters like da Vinci, Raphael, Titian and Rembrandt represented scenes that answered society’s wish to possess and contain beauty. Once artists began paintings scenes that did exist in reality, the use of photorealistic techniques were employed in order to accurately portray the scene at hand. Pre-camera, artists such as Van Eyck and, famously, Vermeer, employed tools such as the camera obscura to project and to trace the image before them, allowing the immortalisation of history through faithful representations.
Working from, rather than tracing, his own digital captures, Yigal Ozeri’s work employs similar optical devices to achieve brilliantly realistic renderings. While the photographs reflect true captures of the women in his paintings the element of fantasy sets his work apart from comparably technical work. In his paintings we gaze into a vision of enthralling beauty - projected not just by the painted figure, but by the airy freedom they seem to be in possession of; the limitless natural landscape framed and enshrined by the gleaming sun. His veneration of the power of beauty emphasises, rather than minimises, the poignancy of his works.
Yigal Ozeri is a photorealistic painter born in 1958 in Israel.
He is best-known for his large-scale, airy portraits of young women in serene, dream-like landscapes and painted with thousands of tiny brushstrokes. Ozeri’s impeccable technique and aluring subjects generate an idyllic milieu that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality: tinting feminine beauty with solar flares, dreamy light and contrasting colour tones, Ozeri’s paintings breathe sensuality into fleeting moments between female and nature. Yigal Ozeri has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions worldwide. His work appeared on the cover of the book "PHOTOREALISM IN THE DIGITAL AGE" by Louis K. Meisel (2013) and was included in "50 YEARS OF HYPERREALISTIC PAINTINGS", a European traveling exhibition that was presented notably in the Museum Thyssen- Bornemisza in Madrid (Spain), the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (UK) and the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao (Spain). Ozeri's work makes up part of the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, the Jewish Museum in New York, the New York Public Library, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Albertina in Vienna, among others.
In 2017, Yigal Ozeri is one of thirty contemporary artists featured in the exhibition "Hyperrealism - 50 Years of Painting" presented at the Kunsthall Rotterdam.
Yigal Ozeri lives and works in New York City.
Yigal OZERI – solo exhibition
Address: Opera Gallery London, 134 New Bond Street, London W1S 2TF Dates: 12 - 25 May 2017
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10AM-7PM / Sunday 12-5PM.
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