Yadid Rubin, New Paintings, 2008, general view (1), Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv
Yadid Rubin, one of Israel's most distinguished artists, exhibits in the current show new oil paintings on canvas in variable measures, made in the recent two years.
Celebrating his 70th birthday this year, Yadid Rubin, lives and works in Kibbutz Givat Haim Yichud. His artistic oeuvre continues to explore the "beautiful Israel", in its specious Kibbutz landscapes, tractors in plowed fields, citrus groves and cypress boulevards; a countryside steadily disappearing from real life but one that continues to exist in Rubin's paintings, liberated from the apparent and visible to the eye; Rubin is known for painting in his isolated studio with covered windows.
"I paint the landscapes of the Kibbutz but these are actually the landscapes of the soul. I do not paint from direct regard but from accumulation of feelings that shape a view, under the notion that things are not arbitrary" Says Rubin.
Rubin creates thick layers of paint and shapes constructed by brush strokes that appear to be thrown on the canvas with restrained force. His style is intense and dense with lush brilliant colorfulness. The colorful patterns repeat themselves to create an organized totality. The fields of form and color are constructed by a repeating rhythm of lines, dots and circles. This rhythm balances the continuance of vertical and horizontal pulses into a harmonic structure creating a strong sensation of vitality and abundance, which seem to want to break the limits of the canvas.
Yadid Rubin won the prestigious Ministry of Culture, Education and Sports Award for 2005, that year his works were exhibited in the Tel Aviv Museum, and he is currently working towards a retrospective in Tel Aviv Museum intended for 2009.