Fresh Paint / Tel Aviv

Finally! Exhibiting and meeting art lovers! This year’s Fresh Paint art even was bigger and more joyful than ever. After 2 years of quarantine, 40,000 people came to this week long event.

It was an amazing eye-opening and affirming experience for me. My work was met with love. It was an affirmation of my personal voice and talent. But more than that, the response was an affirmation of my call to relate to the very local and to the inner lives of our viewers. For art to relevant and be more than a status symbol, we must speak to our audience. Addressing only a handful of gate keepers, purse holders or glamor galleries in Berlin or NYC, is a way to guarantee that we alienate most others.

Drawing from Observation 2021.

Quite the opposite.

רושם מתוך התבוננות 2021

Oil, 2021 on an older monochromatic painting. 70 x 50 cm. Creating an human image, as defined by his or her surroundings, continues to fascinate me.

As does irony.

Drawing from Observation 2021. Oil painting by Chanan Mazal, Jerusalem Israel. חנן מזל

Burying His Head in Fruit

טומן ראשו בפרי

A video of my painting process. Since this pandemic began, I have been repurposing old canvases. The results are often unexpected and exciting.

This large oil work 120×140 cm. is on a quite old acrylic painting, that I had abandoned. (A rare occurrence for me. I usually FORCE my unsuccessful paintings to completion.

I’m Flying Like an Airplane 2020

I’m Flying Like an Airplane 2020. Oil on canvas 100×110 cm.

אני טס כמטוס 2020

I worked and reworked this canvas for years. It began with a plan to create a painting entirely in shades of white. Soon a tree entered. Followed by yellows and my beloved weird greenish “dark yellows” joined. (They arecreated by adding a drop of black into various lemons and flame colors.

My sleeping pilot made his landing last week.