Gouache painting of a boy playing the recorder, 2019 Chanan Mazal, Jerusalem. חנן מזל

Beneath the surface of my paintings lies a skirmish.

A battle between order, and exuberant chaos; between good manners, and the jubilant naughtiness of my subconscious.

here are Legends in the Galilee 2019. painting by Chanan Mazal. חנן מזל

I rarely plan my work with in detail.

Rather, I attack the painting surface quickly, often wildly, and then calmly work hard to collect the jarring elements into one aesthetic package.
I like things to be pretty in the end, but never too perfect. “Mistakes” are charming,

Tell Me the Path 2018 Oil painting by Chanan Mazal, Jerusalem יגיד לי הנתיב, חנן מזל

I find the art of story telling to be as important as a plot with a surprise climax.

Therefor, My artwork shares the story of its creation with viewers. I leave little windows in time, showing earlier layers and earlier intentions.