This series of paintings brings together images from reality with images from the history of art, the latter appearing in the works as if they are projected on a wall or appearing on a digital screen. The original inspiration for the series was the glow of the projected painting in a dark lecture hall. The series then grew into an exploration of my own history of art, with the artworks that have accompanied me throughout my life. The series also touches on the place of painting in the digital world, as the physicality of the oil paint declares itself to be essential, in contrast with the digital image which is composed of immaterial light.

Some of the paintings include arrows like those that symbolize “undo” or “refresh” on the computer. Aside from a feeling of longing for the past that may be read into these signs in the works, they also remind us of the important difference between the ability to go back or erase at the press of a key, versus the long journey that the craft of painting, just like life itself, requires, in which every action leaves an impression, creates another layer.

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Art History Lesson 2 (George Bellows), 2011, oil on canvas, 110 X 134 cm

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Art History Lesson 5 (Renoir and Bacon), 2012, oil on canvas, 143X103 cm

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After Ribera, 2012, oil on canvas, 144 X107 cm

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Still Life with Cezanne, 2013, oil on canvas, 70 X 57 cm

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Still Life with Morandi, 2013, oil on canvas, 59.5 X 45 cm

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Lascaux Cave in the Studio, 2014, oil on canvas, 44.5 X 35 cm

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Still Life with Soutine, 2014, oil on canvas, 43 X 55 cm

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Landscape with Ori Reisman, 2014, oil on canvas, 54 X 90 cm

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Gal and Girl with a Pearl Earring 1, 2013, oil on canvas, 50 X 53 cm

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Gal and Girl with a Pearl Earring 2, 2013, oil on canvas, 50 X 53 cm

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Gal and Girl with a Pearl Earring 3, 2013, oil on canvas, 35 X 51 cm

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Velasquez at the End of the Hall 1, 2014, oil on canvas, 80 X 50 cm

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Velasquez at the End of the Hall 2, 2014, oil on canvas, 80 X 50 cm

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Velasquez at the End of the Hall 3, 2014, oil on canvas, 80 X 50 cm

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Rothko at the End of the Hall, 2015, oil on canvas, 80 X 50 cm

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Still Life with Francis Bacon, 2014, oil on canvas, 35 X 25 cm

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Hand with George Bellows, 2014, oil on canvas, 35 X 25 cm

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Self Portrait with Rembrandt, 2014, oil on canvas, 80 X 55 cm

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My Son’s Uniform with Avraham Ofek, 2014, oil on canvas, 80 X 50 cm

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Table (after Shraga Weil), 2015, oil on canvas, 100 X 50 cm

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Rest (after Yohanan Simon), 2015, 55 X 80 cm

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Father, 2015, oil on canvas, 90 X 100 cm

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Giotto Seminar, 2016, oil on canvas, 110 X 90 cm