The ‘Palestinian Paintings’ by Zohar
The “Palestinian Paintings” were born out of anger and frustration in reaction to the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza.
I grew up in Israel and watched with horror to see my country becoming (after the war in 1967) a military power carrying a brutal occupation over millions of civilians.
I was a member in every movement and organization that tried to bring an end to this inhumane situation. Finely I decided to leave Israel, as I didn’t want the atrocities to be carried out in my name!
These paintings which I did in the last three years, are my way, as an Artist, to awaken the conscious of people to the endless suffering of the Palestinians.
I hope the paintings will be a reminder of ongoing confiscation and destruction of homes and land, systematic bombing and shelling of houses and population. Inflicting daily terror on men women and children, and ongoing policy of endless humiliation in every aspect of private life!
Zohar is a classically-trained figurative painter whose devotion to the Old Masters of the 17th Century is reflected in his unique meditations upon contemporary human existence and achievement in the 21st century. Born in Kazakhstan in 1945, an alumnus of Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, Israel, Zohar works and resides in London, England, where he has lived since 1987.
Come along to Chester Art Centre on 18 October at 6:30 PM onwards to meet Zohar and see his amazing paintings, which talk to us about what is most important – the value of human lives.
Zohar’s Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2016 The Edinburgh Gallery – Edinburgh, UK Solo Exhibition
2014 Gallery Elena Shchukina – London, UK “Past and Future”
2013 Gallery Elena Shchukina – London, UK “Interiors: Variations on a Theme By Vermeer”
2011 Real World Gallery – London, UK
2003 Spencer Coleman Gallery – Stamford, UK
2001 Catto Gallery – London, UK 1999 Catto Gallery – London, UK
1996 Museum Panorama Mesdag – The Hauge, NL “Reflections: Homage to Vermeer”
1989 Roy Miles Gallery – London, UK
1987 Musee de L’Athnee – Geneva, CH
1980 Sarah Kishon Gallery – Tel Aviv, IL
1977 Sarah Kishon Gallery – Tel Aviv, IL
1971 Bergman Gallery – Tel Aviv, IL
1970 Ahuva Doron Gallery – Tel Aviv, IL
2006 Portrait of Wallace Browne, Lord Mayor of Belfast (now Lord Browne of Belmont)
2005 Group portrait for the High Court of Justice at the Middle Temple
1990 Portrait of Rt Hon Henry Catto, American Ambassador to the Court of St. James
1990 Portrait of HRH Diana, Princess of Wales
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