artisan direct ~ Yael Segev

Yael Segev is an expressive artist who is inspired by Matisse, Apple, Miro, Klee and Corneille. Her paintings demonstrate an experimental combination of human figures, animals and objects, all symbols driven from the artist’s personal unique imagination. What is immediately striking about her paintings is the multitude of colors, which seem to divide the canvas like a jigsaw. It starts out as a quest for personal expression, and continues as the artist takes possession of her own pictorial language. The one who observes her works will be inclined to focus on the animal or the human figures, but the objects are not the main issue of her work. Her works are not based on philosophic or cultured ideas, and yet, the touch of tint indicates sensuous joyfulness, mischievousness, naivety, combined with happy humor, and optimism.

The main subjects happen to be grotesque and transformed into undefined objects, or forms, which whirl about in unrealistic space. Most of the time, the figures and images she creates are surrounded by boundaries of dark color or contour lines, a style that illuminates the theme of the painting. The decorations sometimes appear as dots, lines, or crossing lines, symbolizing energy and movement. The background is usual flat, abstract.

The craft of making the paintings begins with many complex illustrations, which finally emerge with acrylic and mixed media. The creative and imaginative subjects appear to be emphasized by the use of colors, which become the main feature of her work. Her works are exemplified by mainly basic shiny colors, with a varigated and fresh look that reflect her dynamic and her energy. The flattening of the paint details each element separately and the smoothness of the background evokes a great sensation of timeless open space and is located well with the composition. A sophisticated master of red monochromes which she uses very often, give life to the painting. Harmoniously setting of red, blue and greens against the warmer color tones. The red color symbolizes: freedom, passion, flame and joy. The orange-red: freshness of a summer evening. The yellow: optimism, sunset and happiness. The blue: endless space, the sky is the limit.

Yael thinks that a painting’s task is to please and to cheer the spectator; therefore, the “celebration of colors” should leave the observer with a sense of heartiness and harmony of happiness.

  • Solo Exhibitions
  • 2008—Jma Gallery, Wien, Austria
  • 2007—”My Second Childhood”, Cultural Hall, Reshon-Le, Tzeion, Israel
  • 2005—”The Colorful Symphony”, Center for the Performing Arts, Shrover Center, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2004—Jewish Community Center, Peleg Gallery, Detroit, MI, USA
  • 2003—Tel Aviv University Club, Tel-Aviv, Israel
  • 2000—Schwartz Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
  • 1999—Rio Grande Gallery, Santa-Fe, NM, USA
  • 1998—Center of Discovery, SOHO, New York, NY, USA
  • 1996—Adin Fine Arts Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • 1995—The New Israeli Opera, Mishkan of Arts, Tel-Aviv, Israel
  • 1994—Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY, USA
  • 1993—Tara Gallery, Kibbutz Ga’ash, Israel
  • 1978—University of Texas, Dallas, TX, USA
  • Group Exhibitions
  • 2008—”The Butterfly” By the Lake Gallery, Raana, Israel
  • 2008—Atelier Z: Center Cultured Christiane, Paris, France
  • 2008—Primavera, Kunst & Antiek Salon, Rotterdam, Holland
  • 2007—”The Academic Chair”, Peres Academic Center, Rechovot, Israel
  • 2007—Touching an Orange, Outside Exhibition, Pardess Museum, Rechovot, Israel
  • 2005—Meirhof Center for Art Education, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 2004—Jan Vivendi Gallery, Miami Art Convention Center, Miami, FL, USA
  • 2003—Danielle Peleg Gallery, Detroit, MI, USA
  • 2003—Rima Fine Art Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
  • 1997—Debora Hudgins Fine Art Gallery, Santa-Fe, NM, USA
  • 1997—Daniel Perez Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY, USA
  • 1996—Neuberger & Berman Trust Company, New York, NY, USA
  • 1996—Binyaney Hauma, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 1995—Adin Fine Arts Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • 1994—Gallery One, Soho, New York, NY, USA
  • 1984—Jewish Community Center, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 1978—University of Texas, Dallas, Texas, USA
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