Some old paintings

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I never studied painting. Like so many things I do, I learned it through trial and error. I realize nowadays that formal instruction has it’s merits, but when I first picked it up as a teenager, painting was a form of escapism, and you really can’t escape while there’s a teacher peaking behind your shoulder.

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Though surrealistic at times, my paintings were always figurative. I guess I wasn’t ready back then to let go of the familiar forms of art I have seen at the museum – a portrait, a landscape, a still nature, nothing more. But even those simple compositions gave me a good enough excuse to introduce wild color combinations.

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During my first three years in the military, I was forced to give it up. Being creative demands a huge amount of energy, and getting home on weekends I was literally too tired to lift a brush. But then I got promoted to a different assignment, and I picked it up again. I was rusty at first, but nevertheless it felt amazing. Painting again after such a long break felt like a drink of water after a long walk in the desert.

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The works themselves came out quite melancholy. Some even frightening. This was not a particularly happy time in my life, to say the least. However, the colorful essence of the art has always remained intact. Rich and luscious, mysterious and enticing, powerful color has always been a source of inspiration for me.

Moon city

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During the years I have lived in Tel-Aviv I used to go out early on Saturday mornings, while the city was still asleep after  the wild Friday night parties. Equipped with my digital camera, the first one I ever owned, I used to photograph various buildings and architectural details that I found interesting. Later on, while sifting through the result, I used to be quite disappointed. The photos never came out as quite as vivid and interesting as I had wanted.

Then it dawned on me that I could use Photoshop in order to pick out the most interesting bits, leaving out all the rest. The result was an interesting mix of styles and eras in the city’s architectural history. Old Bauhaus buildings collided with  modern skyscrapers, creating a wild and imaginary city scape. Adding a misty background and a hazy moon completed the composition.

Today this style of photo collage became rather common among young and adventurous design students, but back then in the year 2000 it was quite avant guard. You are invited to tour this blog further, a few more examples of this style are available somewhere.