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Yehouda Chaki at Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

“From Sydney’s window 1641,” 2016 Yehouda Chaki Oil on canvas; 30 x 38 inches
(Courtesy: Artist and Galerie de Bellefeuille)

Opening on May 31 is an exhibition of untraceable landscapes by artist Yehouda Chaki. The artist’s recent works, which try to avoid giving an identity to the pictured scenes, will be displayed at Galerie de Bellefeuille until June 11, 2018.

Artist Yehouda Chaki mainly works with landscapes that refer to no particular place and thus cannot be compared to an actual scenery. In this series, viewers can see a number of landscape items, trees, hills, streams, rivers, underbrush, lakes, rocks and mountains that he arranges in an organic and inspired way.

“Chaki creates images of an area in nature with surprisingly specific characteristics. The ‘spectator’ is faced with sun drenched hilly region, or with a lush wetland surrounding a lake, and other times with a tropical exuberance stretching all the way to the horizon,” says the gallery.

The stroke of brush and the use of landscapes fuel the viewer’s imagination. A prominent aspect to make note of is the absence of precise models from which the landscapes are drawn do not diminish their veracity. It can be said that these actual landscapes come in an “infinity of variations” from his brush, according to the gallery.

Through these scenes, Chaki tells viewers that they could very well exist in reality, if only one searched hard enough. An obvious truth seems to emanate from these paintings, achieved because of the artist’s empathy with each and every element appearing in them. For example, a tree verily becomes a tree and a hill a hill, not by obvious imitation, but through a flow of energy made visible by the artist.

When it comes to execution and technique, one can note that the flower pieces are painted in a style similar to his landscapes, yet with substantially less restraint. It seems as if the brush dances more wildly, his colors clash more noisily, his lines run about more freely. Chaki is emboldened to add collage to his repertory. All in all, the surfaces of the paintings are considerably enlivened by heavy texturing.

The exhibition will be on view from May 31 through June 11, 2018, at Galerie de Bellefeuille, 1367 Greene Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H3Z 2A8.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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