Napkins and Tablecloths 2014

Napkin Series | Serviettes | מפיות

Gouache and various point media, 20 x 20 cm on paper

As I hinted in the Home Page, I am attracted to both the ornament and the kind of conventional “prettiness” which is accessible to most viewers —  and to expressive work with deep, dark secrets. For the past 3 years, I have been working on ways to engage the two together. Often, the outward subject is simple and easy to live with, like a bowl of fruit. But none of us are really that simple and live easily with ourselves… And heck! Painting my wild undertones, is a lot cheeper than psychotherapy! Anyway – I just enjoy painting these spontaneous squares.

Pattern Quadritych by Chanan Mazal

A second goal has evolved during the process; exploring the border zone between drawing and painting. So far, I have used point medias to create a delightful chaos on the page, and  more serene, brush applied gouache in ornamental patterns. Layer upon layer. I plan to pursue this further.


Tablecloths | מפות

Similar goals, larger formats.

Tablecloth #1, 2014 Gouache on paper, 36 x 51 cm

Tablecloth #7, Gouache painting by Chanan Mazal, חנן מזל
Tablecloth #7, 2014 Gouache on paper 46 x 61 cm

Tablecloth #2, 2014. Gouache on paper, 46 x 61 cm
Gouache painting by Chanan Mazal, ציור גואש של חנן מזל
Tablecloth #8. 2014, Gouache on paper, 46 x 61 cm