Brush with Reality: Yigal Ozeri
September 25, 2021 - January 2, 2022Henry Gallery Hodge Gallery
This exhibition features 48 paintings that highlight the last 14 years of artist Yigal Ozeri’s career. Divided into two sections, the first includes Ozeri’s more well-known subject matter—women in lush landscapes—while the second includes selections from his New York Story series.
In 1991, Ozeri moved from Israel to New York City and by the early 2000s he began painting in the Photorealist style. Eventually, he focused solely on painting solitary females in nature. When asked what led him to this subject, Ozeri stated, “My work has always been influenced by women, as I’ve said many times in the past, women are the most painted subject in art history and to me, by far the most intriguing. Now more than ever, I feel it’s important to show the strength and diversity of women and celebrate their energy.” In the late 2010s, Ozeri’s artwork went through a “second birth” and his muse became the gritty streets of Manhattan. Though he never completely abandoned his format of a female model in an outdoor setting, he expanded his subject to include street photography. This exhibition also includes a current work in progress by Ozeri, allowing visitors an inside look into his artistic process.View More