At first glance, Yigal Ozeri’s work looks like nothing to write home about. The images look good, but not extraordinary. It’s when you realize that these images are actually painted and not captured on film that you figure out just how talented this artist is.
Yigal Ozeri is an Israeli artist who has perfected the art of photo-realistic paintings. A downside to this unparalleled virtuosity of his is that his work is often mistaken for photographs, and as photographs, they’re good, but not exceptional. It’s the fact that they’re paintings that make his compositions stand out from the pack.
Yigal is not one of those artists who simply strive to imitate a good photo. He’s not content with mnerely recreating someone else’s work. All of Yigal’s paintings are original images based on his memory and experiences. Most of his subjects are women and his paintings are characterized by their seductive tone, graceful beauty, and of course, hyper-realism. The subjects are usually set against an unremarkable backdrop that serves to make the women ‘pop out’.
Here’s how one website describes his work: “Ozeri seizes fleeting moments and gives them life. As a result, the viewer is compelled to gaze into the allegorical domain between reality and fantasy.” I definitely have to agree with that.
I love my dogs, reading books, and taking great pictures with my battered but still functional digital camera. Taking great pictures with a high end camera is almost too easy, producing fantastic images with an outdated one is an accomplishment by itself.