Yigal Ozeri, Israeli, born 1958. Untitled; Cristal, 2018. Oil on canvas, 61 × 110 in. (154.9 × 279.4 cm). Collection of the Artist, NJ. 

​Brush with Reality: Yigal Ozeri

September 25, 2021 - January 2, 2022

Henry Gallery Hodge Gallery

Based in New York City, Yigal Ozeri is an Israeli artist best known for his meticulously crafted large-scale images of women in landscapes. These works have the appearance of photographs, but they are actually paintings. In varying degrees, painters have been using the camera or photograph to inform their work since the medium was invented in the mid-19th century. Initially the use of the camera was disguised or alluded to only in stylistic terms. In the late 1960s, however, artists in California and New York began to deliberately reference the photograph in their works by making the paintings look exactly like a photograph, re-creating sharp precise details, alongside fuzzy, out-of-focus elements. This movement in art is called Photorealism.

In the 21st century, Yigal Ozeri is taking Photorealism in new directions. In his choice of subject matter, he employs intricate, realistic brushwork to create a narrative that blurs the lines between what is real and what is fiction. He uses the medium of digital photography and processes the image on a computer until he arrives at the desired image, which he then carefully creates on canvas using a brush and paint. Brush with Reality offers highlights from the last decade of Ozeri’s works, from his first depiction of Priscilla in the jungles of Costa Rica in 2007 to his latest series that captures people on the streets of New York City.

From the Exhibition

  • Yigal Ozeri, Israeli, born 1958. Untitled; Garden of the Gods, 2011. Oil on paper on wood, 12 x 18 inches. Collection of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel

  • Yigal Ozeri, Israeli, born 1958. Untitled; A New York Story, ca. 2019. Oil on paper on wood, 12 x 18 inches. Collection of Eileen S. Kaminsky

  • Yigal Ozeri, Israeli, born 1958. Untitled; Elizabeth, 2016. Oil on canvas, 54 × 81 in. (137.2 × 205.7 cm) Framed: 56 × 83 in. (142.2 × 210.8 cm). Collection of the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

  • Yigal Ozeri, Israeli, born 1958. Untitled; Zuzanna, 2018. Oil on paper, 42 × 60 in. (106.7 × 152.4 cm) Framed: 46 × 64 in. (116.8 × 162.6 cm). Collection of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel

  • Yigal Ozeri, Israeli, born 1958. Untitled; Susan on the Roof, 2012. Oil on paper, 42 × 60 in. (106.7 × 152.4 cm)
    Framed: 46 × 64 in. (116.8 × 162.6 cm). Collection of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel