Artophilia  •  1924   •  13 September 2015

Amnon David Ar


Born in Herzelia, Israel, in 1973, to a non-artistic family, Ar began his formal art education at age 14, ultimately studying at the prestigious Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem. He left the academy at the end of his first year, unable to find the artistic training he sought, and began searching for his own style and artistic language. While being much of an autodidact, he sought advice from established painters Oswald Adler and Abraham Bykov. His first chance at international acclaim came after his work was praised by the Rembrandt House Museum curator Dr. Bob Van Den Boogert, who marked Ar as one of the great draughtsmen of our time. This recognition, as well as winning the first Schiff prize for figurative painting at the Tel Aviv Museum, led to numerous exhibitions in Israel, Europe and the US. Arding the differences between light in Tel Aviv by comparison to the light in Berlin), Of course do not feel obliged to use them or any of the changes I have made.

„Being an admirer of great masters such as Velazquez, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Monet and Schiele, I aim to make painting from observation relevant to and innovative in our era. Like many of these masters, I work solely from observation, dedicating most daylight hours to painting and drawing, using natural light.  Besides from the difficulties it adds to the work itself, I find the endlessness of real life and natural light practically forces one to plunge into research both of the subjects painted, and of our own  senses and perceptions. Reality is constantly at change making it an extremely interesting and hard challenge to pick up only its characteristics and produce them on the canvas. I hold as an example the evasive lifelike quality one can encounter in some of the great Masters works.

I believe that since the invention of the camera, figurative painting must offer something different: emotion, atmosphere, perceptive analysis and psychological interpretation. I am continually looking for beauty and individuality in our trash-filled, noisy, capitalist environment, intentionally focusing on the trivial and ordinary, thus forming a mirror-like image of Pop art.”
/Amnon David Ar


Solo Exhibitions
2011  
– Body & Light, exhibition & catalog, Mika Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.
2009
– Solo exhibition – The Association of Painters and Sculptors – Jerusalem  Artists House, Israel.
– Tel Aviv Museum of Art, exhibition & catalog, Tel Aviv, Israel.
2007
– Exhibition & catalog, Galerie Vieleers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2005
– Drawing & Several Paintings, exhibition & catalog, Bernard Gallery, Tel Aviv Israel.
2004  
– Amnon David Ar – Painting, exhibition & catalog, The Museum of Israeli  Art, Ramat Gan, Israel.

Group Exhibitions
2013  
– Face to Face Artists’ self-portraits from the collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch Jr., exhibition & catalog,  Arkansas Art Center, USA.
2012   
– Art Any Way: Exploring The Wheel, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel.
– The Summer Exhibition, Medici Gallery, London, England.
– People & Places, Medici Gallery, exhibition & catalog, London, England.
-Fresh Paint art fair,exhibition & catalog, Tel Aviv, Israel.
2011
– True Colors, exhibition & catalog, The Soho Gallery, London, the Cube Gallery, Manchester, England.
– Fresh Paint Art fair, exhibition & catalog, Tel Aviv, Israel.
– A Road To Nowhere, exhibition & catalog, Ashdod Museum of Fine Arts, Israel.
2010
– Art Monaco fair, Monaco.
– Collections, exhibition & catalog, Haifa Museum, Israel.
2008
– Time Tunnel, exhibition & catalog, Givataim Municipal Gallery, Israel.
2007
– The Fine Art of Drawing – Modern & Contemporary Works on Paper, Forum  Gallery, New York, USA.
2006
– Arkansas Art Center, collectors show, USA.
– New Faces, Forum Gallery, New York, USA.
– Realisme Amsterdam Fair, The Netherlands.
2005
– Group exhibition, exhibition & catalog, The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan, Israel.
– Group exhibition, the Jerusalem Center for the Performing Arts, Israel.
2002
-Portraits, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel.
2000  
-Observation Time, exhibition & catalog, Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod, Israel.
1999
-Group exhibition, Bezalel, Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem, Israel.
1998
-Group exhibition, Bat Yam Art Museum, Israel.

Prizes & Collections
– Participant at the “Cite Des Arts” residency project, Paris, France, 2011
– Winner of the first “Haim Shiff” competition, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, 2008
– Works appear in many important collections, such as The Tel Aviv Museum of Art,  Len Balavatnic collection,
– Shiff collection, Druck collection,  Sabag collection, Braun collection, Shabtay collection, Brandais collection,
– Sir Ronald Cohen among others.
– Currently resides in Berlin, Germany.


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Amnon David Ar

Amnon David Ar

Amnon David Ar

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Amnon David Ar

Amnon David Ar

Amnon David Ar

Amnon David Ar

Amnon David Ar

Amnon David Ar

Amnon David Ar

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