Odon Wagner Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by contemporary Canadian artist, Yehouda Chaki.
New Paintings | Y. Chaki runs from November 30 - December 23, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 30, 6 - 9 pm
With this exhibition, Odon Wagner Contemporary celebrates Yehouda Chaki's sixty year history in painting. Throughout his practice, the artist has reflected on both his life as a world citizen growing up in Athens, Tel Aviv, then finally making his permanent home in Montreal, and his lifelong admiration for European Expressionism. While studying at the École des Beaux Arts, Paris from 1960-1963, Chaki discovered the work of fellow alumnus Chaim Soutine, an influence which is apparent in Chaki's portfolio as both artists use sinoid lines and organic brushstrokes. However, they deviate from one another in their interpretation of the world around them. Respectively Soutine distills his compositions with a nightmarish angst as a response to the political landscape of the time, whereas Chaki brings his viewers into his own consciousness. His is an optimistic dreamscape that fuses a bold and saturated palette with a passion for mark making. Much like his Expressionist antecedents from the German Die Brucke movement, Chaki's oeuvre continues to work with recognizable subject matter—whether it be his landscape, figurative, or still life series—abstracted through his use of kaleidoscopic colours and surreal compositions.
Yehouda Chaki's paintings have been collected extensively in private and public collections. Notable mentions include the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Philadelphia Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Museo de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro, and the Jerusalem City Hall.