Yehouda Chaki’s Painterly Paintings Depict Light on Bodies, Mountains, and Flowers
Saturated indigo blues and persimmon and golden hues for which Chaki is so well known. Chaki has had over eighty-five one man shows and over three hundred group exhibitions, enabling his work to develop a devoted following, and an important place in contemporary Canadian art. His work is in the permanent collections of over seventy-five museums and corporations including The Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Musée D'art Contemporain de Montreal, Fort Lauderdale Museum; Florida, Eretz Israel Museum; Israel, Musée de Toulon; France, and the Museo de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Born in Greece, of Israeli decent, and a Canadian resident since 1967, he draws on the many varied environments he has experienced. He works mainly with landscapes and still lifes: lush, colorful scenes with forceful line work and expressive brush strokes. His paintings are easily recognizable and are alive with emotion, visual drama, and clarity of color. His expressive landscapes and still lifes are emotive testaments to his enduring talent, a talent that has been recognized and applauded both in Canada and internationally.
Yehouda Chaki’s paintings of landscapes and still lifes celebrate discrete moments of color that combine to form a roiling, beautiful whole. Like the Impressionists and the Pointilists that preceded him, Chaki’s pastoral imagery is imbued with the artist’s personal vision and experience of the natural world around him. Colours of Spring 1370 (2013) depicts a broad valley beneath a cloudy sky, rendered in bright, Fauvist colors. Chaki’s work also suggests the influence of painters of the Hudson River school, whose images of the luminous, rolling vistas of the American landscape deeply informed the country’s identity.
Greek-Canadian, b. 1938, Athens, Greece, based in Montreal, Canada