Written by Michael Goldstein for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
Edited by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC
Photo: Michael Goldstein
4 out of 5 stars
YIGAL OZERI: BEAR MOUNTAIN
NEW YORK, NY (June 6, 2015) On May 7th, the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery on 57th Street began to exhibit a small collection of amazing photorealistic oil paintings done by painter Yigal Ozeri. The gallery consists of new unseen works as well as other works commissioned by collectors. Each canvas is a prime example of the photorealistic painting’s capacity to mimic reality and create the illusion of authentic photography.
There is a superior level of sophistication in Ozeri’s work that must be seen to be believed and cannot truly be conveyed with words, but I’m going to try to do so anyway. Each painting engineers a mixture of reality and fantasy, observing and studying the woman and her relationship with nature in a manner that is stunning.
For example, take the oil painting Untitled; Olya II. Upon first glance, this breathtaking fusion of woman and nature resembles a capture out of a cinema and looks to have been taken from reality. The central female’s expression is one conveying the excitement of fresh air and freedom from restraint. But careful examination reveals the captivating brushstrokes Ozeri has used and manipulation to engineer the illusion of real life, blurring the line between fantasy and reality and blending both sides into a fascinating display of the wilderness and its relation to the female self.
Truly, Ozeri’s work stands as a prime example of photorealism for future art students and enthusiasts to study. The gallery wraps up on July 15th, so if you’re looking for a textbook case of photorealism, go out of your way to see Ozeri’s ladies in all their photorealistic glory.