Yigal OZERI ✿

Ti guardo...
mi chiedo
se ho paura di perderti

è la paura di averti...
Ma mai ti dirò
non tormentarmi più l'anima...'

~ Catherine La Rose ~

Yigal Ozeri Born 1958, Israel
Lives and works in New York City is an Israeli painter that lives and works for the last twenty years in New York. Inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites // artists from nineteenth century England who went out into nature and celebrated it // he has managed with his cinematic portraits to challenge perception and illusion. His latest exhibition at Mike Weiss Gallery in New York is called Desire for Anima, as a tribute to Carl Jung’s concept of the unconscious or true inner self of an individual. His models, at the transitional age between youth and maturity, are vulnerable and at the same time real in an almost dreamlike way. Lost in nature, they come in touch with a part of ourselves that many of us tend to forget.
Some might say that Ozeri’s work is romantic. But it’s a romanticism that hides inside tones of sensuality, like a celebration of the untouchable. And like any celebration of the untouchable, in its core is a celebration of the ideal. In this case it’s naked bodies in a place where they naturally belong, unselfconsciously posing, inviting you to feel their easiness and freedom. It comes of no surprise that Ozeri doesn’t work with professional models. He uses real people and he lets them just be in their natural environment: using a big lens from somewhere near, he captures the spontaneous.

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