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Epiphanies 2/24 Painting

Yohanan Delaunay-Israel


Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 82.7 W x 82.7 H x 1.4 D in

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This work belongs to the "Epiphanies" series (2017/2019) in tribute to those of James Joyce. These are squares presented in rhombus. They take up the structure of my first series of rather monochrome "Compositions" from 1984/1989 based on the circular symmetry whose design "played" with the diagonals not shown but very present of the diamonds. After the return of gesture and color in the following series (Desseins and Curvas 1991/1996) I wanted to somehow insert gestures and colors in the geometry of the "Compositions"; hang them on them like the flesh on the bones and show what is revealed from the meeting of the constrained and the free, of the hand held and the hand raised. Like the first three works in the series, the work was initiated in 1998 and finalized in 2018. It has a wingspan of 210 by 210 cm and is signed on the back. L'oeuvre appartient à la série des "Epiphanies" (2017/2019) en hommage à celles de James Joyce. Il s'agit de carrés présentés en losange. Elles reprennent la structure de ma première série des "Compositions"plutôt monochromes de 1984/1989 basée sur la symétrie circulaire dont le dessin " jouait" avec les diagonales non représentées mais très présentes des losanges. Après le retour du geste et de la couleur dans les séries suivantes (Desseins et Curvas 1991/1996) j'ai voulu en quelque sorte insérer gestes et couleurs dans la géométrie des "Compositions"; les accrocher à elles comme la chair sur les os et donner à voir ce qui se révèle de la rencontre du contraint et du libre, de la main tenue et de la main levée. Comme les trois premières oeuvres de la série l' oeuvre a été initiée en 1998 et finalisée en 2018. Elle a une envergure de 210 sur 210 cm et est signée au verso.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:82.7 W x 82.7 H x 1.4 D in

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J/Y Delaunay-Israel was born in France. He has been living and working in Jerusalem since 2015. Trained at the I.A.V. of Orleans and the Villa Arson (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts) of Nice, he then, in parallel with his artistic activity, worked as a nurse, a care executive and a director of care in psychiatry. At the end of his studies he decided to follow the voices of painting which, from the blown hands of Gargas to the prints of those of Jasper Johns in " Plongeur ", carried him from the banks of Support Surface to Motherwell and Ryman via Shi-Tao (" Les propos du Moine Citrouille amère ") and the ocean of Art Brut. Thus since 1984, he has been creating series on canvas or paper with different techniques (watercolour, acrylic, inks, oil, charcoal, pastel) whose titles are often inspired by literature or music: Composition " 1984/1989, " Prémices " 1988/1990, " Desseins " 1991/1994 , " Curvas " 1994/1996, " Patrimoine " 2000/2004 , " Les Bijoux " 2002/2006 , " Ellis Island " 2004/2013 , " Epiphanies hierosolymitaines " 2017/2019, " Dances/Ricoudim "2016/..., " Long distance call " 2017/..., " Songs without word/Nigounim" 2020/..., " Fugues " 2016/..., " Lishma " 2018/... Methodically, starting from principles of composition drawn from the history of art and geometry, he endeavours, day after day, to set the times of the appearance of the painting, the "history" of its advent. Thus, out of all preliminaries or premeditations, he leads several paintings at once. At each session he intervenes only once and without repentance, on a part of each of them, leaving paintings and reserves in suspense until the next time. Thus the painter's gesture is as if cut, both in its thickness and in its surface, into multiple interlaced transverse strata and shows the singular dialogue of the painting with the author of its appearance. His works have been regularly exhibited in France and Israel. Two catalogues published by the Centre d' Art Contemporain de la Scène Nationale d' Orléans have been devoted to him with texts by the painter Christian Bonnefoi "La pose du temps" and the art historian Tristan Trémeau "Peindre avec réserve". He himself has devoted several writings to his work as well as to the workshops of artistic practices and cultural projects he conducted at the psychiatric hospital.

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