When looking at the paintings of Guy Yanai (1977, Haifa, Israel) a sense of recognition is perceptible. His subjects are extremely common, depicting still lifes of plants, living rooms, suburban architecture and sailing boats. He plays with simplified forms, uses vibrant colours and minimalises depth. Structured in meticulously layered horizontal rectangular blocks or stripes, the linearly style of Yanai characterises his works. Influenced in content and colour palette by modern cinema and a variety of notable artists of the 20th century as Henri Matisse, David Hockney or Philip Guston, Yanai borrows, appropriates easily from and is in awe and even confused (all simultaneously) by European visual culture and its rich heritage.Read More
Guy Yanai was born in 1977 Haifa, Israel and lives and works in Tel Aviv. He grew up in Boston and attended Parsons The New School for Design, The New York Studio School (both New York), Pont Aven School of Art, Pont-Aven, France, and received a BFA in 2000 from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. He has exhibited internationally in a number of institutions and galleries and has received special grants.
Text courtesy FLATLAND.
D’emblée, on est hypnotisé par les teintes acides et fruitées de Guy Yanai. Le peintre, né en 1977 en Israël, a fréquenté aussi bien la Parsons The New School for Design de New York que l’École d’art de Pont-Aven en France. En ressortent une galerie d’images aux formes géométriques et colorées, de larges mosaïques où les couches épaisses de...
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