By Eden Gallery,
Posted Jun 05, 2018 ,
In Abstract Art, Pop Art, Yoel Benharrouche, Eden Fine Art, Publications
Yoel Benharroucheâ€™s dynamic and colorful contemporary art reminds art critics of modern masters like Chagall and Picasso, two of Yoelâ€™s artistic and stylistic mentors. Benharroucheâ€™s languid figures are inspired by Marc Chagallâ€™s poetic, figurative style and his dreamy almost-abstractions, while his multi-layered paintings, papercuts, and sculpture democratize space like the cubism of Pablo Picasso, blending foreground and background into one, strong noteâ€“or, in this case, prayerâ€“of artistic jubilance. â€śPicasso,â€ť he says, â€śis very strong, because he has structure. But his problem was that he was too structured. Chagall is totally in the clouds, totally spiritual. I make sure to be between these two.â€ť
Lâ€™ETAPE INTERMEDIAIREYoel BenharroucheAcrylic on Canvas100Ă—300 cm | 39Ă—118 in
Benharroucheâ€™s artistic philosophy is a sort of metaphysics that blends these two concepts of structure and spirituality, where he asks, â€śhow does one take something from the spiritual to the physical?â€ť So much of our world is potential, and we want to reveal it. All art is to bring something from one place to another. I bring spiritual work to physical paintings in order to reveal what is already there.
The drive behind Benharroucheâ€™s work is to connect spirituality with the physical. To reveal the unity of the world through color, shape, and form. â€śWeâ€™re in the universe of plurality,â€ť he says, â€śso I try to reveal the unity in the plural, the connection that exists between one and infinity. Therefore, every work that I create is one part of a whole, the different facets and faces of G-dâ€™s oneness.â€ť His work takes on a spiritual tone even without meeting with Yoel. Each work combines many planes, woven together to give the audience a sense of simultaneous time and space, godly in its omnipresence. On God, Yoel has a lot to say, â€śI take this infinite oneness and I contract, or limit it using the highest levels of the physical: Place, time, and identity. These are the driving principles of my artwork, and each one of my pieces navigates G-dâ€™s oneness using these levels.â€ť
LA DANSE DES ANGESYoel BenharroucheLacquer on Metal100Ă—80 cm | 39Ă—31 in
In works that celebrate femininity, community, music, and of course, Yoelâ€™s muse, Jerusalem, Yoel explores the metaphysical landscape of our world. â€śThe woman,â€ť he says, talking about the women in his artworks, â€śthe woman is not a body, not a â€śfigure,â€ť but instead she is like a screen, almost a metaphor.â€ť It is onto this â€śscreenâ€ť Yoel projects his ideas, his pictures, his paintings. In the case of The Garden of Eden, another common motif in his work, Yoel signifies a perfect, symbiotic relationship of physical and spiritual, of soul and body, of man and woman as its own paradise.
GAN EDENYoel BenharroucheLacquer on Metal170Ă—130 cm | 66Ă—51 in
Yoelâ€™s work is, in its essence, a discussion with the divine, taking the seemingly regular and elevating each subject to the level of the extraordinary. His art is in touch with a deeply spiritual elementâ€“that which deepens what would otherwise be the mundane experience of living, and isnâ€™t that what weâ€™re all looking for?
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