Yehouda Chaki’s Painterly Paintings Depict Light on Bodies, Mountains, and Flowers
A truly international artist,
Many of Chaki’s figurative paintings resemble the loose, abstracted style of
Chaki often stages his still-life paintings in front of open windows, with cropped views of the kinds of panoramas visible in his landscapes. The vertical bursts of flowers from vases are thereby contrasted with the abbreviated countryside views. In Window 1491 (2014), the colors are subdued, as if painted on a cloudy day, or at dusk. Conversely, Window 1427 (2014) is brightly lit with rich reds and oranges, as if captured at sunrise or sunset.
In his vivid, painterly work, Chaki explores the dynamism of light through creative uses of color. He plays with the traditions of painters from throughout the Western world, quoting their ingenuity and adding them to his own to create arresting pictures.
“Yehuda Chaki: A Breath of Light” is on view at Odon Wagner Contemporary, June 11–July 4, 2015.
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