Naim’s large-scale abstract paintings are monochromatic, tactile, and highly personal in nature. Working with plaster on wood, Naim opts to use her hands to apply ink, chalk, charcoal, graphite and pigments to the ‘breathing body’ of the painting surface. This painting is heavily textured plaster and pigment, with gold patina. The result is organic, both in temperament and process. Shapes and lines are continually buried and excavated in order to reveal the dark and light, the visible and invisible.
“Born in 1942 and raised in Germany, I lived most of my adult life in Canada and Israel; and only recently returned to live in Canada once again. I am a retired psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and have painted for the past twenty years. My work has been exhibited in various galleries in Israel between 1995-2005 and is displayed in private homes in Israel, Germany, and Canada. Today my home is in Cherry Valley, Ontario, where I reside with my husband. I am an active board member of the Prince Edward County Arts Council, since 2010, and facilitate “Art in Motion“, a weekly creative movement and dance meditation. I look back on many years of untiring commitment of learning while working, clinically and dynamically, with persons, including myself, in search of living a more meaningful live.” -Jutta Naim