Guy Yanai, ‘House Without Room (Jerusalem)’, 2015, Phillips

Signature: signed, titled and dated 'Guy Yanai "House Without Room (Jerusalem)" 2015' on the reverse

TORRI, Paris
Private Collection

About Guy Yanai

With their vernacular subject matter and pixelated appearance, Guy Yanai’s paintings encompass a variety of historical influences but seem distinctly of a technology-inflected moment. Inspired by historical figures such as Matisse and Cezanne, as well as more contemporary figures such as Tal R, the Tel Aviv-based artist’s paintings capture unoccupied scenes of everyday life, flattened into a shallow depth of with solid blocks of color that create the appearance of cut-outs or collage. His paintings draw on sources from everyday life—spaces the artist visits, plants, films, conversations—but in Yanai’s paintings, these images become reduced to geometric blocks, abandoning references to the outside world in favor of a visual experience equally indebted to digital images and abstract painting.

Israeli, b. 1977, Haifa, Israel, based in Tel Aviv, Israel