Ilana Gal

At first glance, Ilana’s lively and colourful paintings have a deceptive naivite. On closer examination however, the strangely piercing expressions of the characters and the intriguing composition imbue them with an unexpected emotional impact. This results in a strong sense of meaningful engagement between the viewer and the painting. Ilana explains: "Whenever I approach a new canvas, I begin with unguided strokes and allow the composition to simply emerge. The figures that survive on canvas are those which I myself connect to. Sometimes I ask myself : Who are these characters? Do they look like me? Is this me, or the one I would like to be?”

 

The characters who seem so central to Ilana’s powerful and expressive works are only part of the story.  She says: “The lines and the colours aren’t the means to an end but are the end in itself…" While our natural instinct is to view lines and colours as the instruments that build a painting, she uses graphic shapes and figures as the means of creating and emphasising the interplay between colours. "I am looking for the harmony and composition between lines and colours, that's my playground, my working material, my language…"

Born in Israel in 1968, Ilana Gal has now been painting for two decades. She began to study at the School for Graphic Design in the Israel Valley, but her teacher encouraged her to devote herself to painting. Although she followed his advice, her training influenced her style and graphic elements still inform her images.

 

Ilana's work has been the subject of numerous successful exhibitions all over the world.

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Untitled #477
Untitled #477

Original, Acrylic on Canvas 92 x 92 cm

Untitled #474
Untitled #474

Original, Acrylic on Canvas 122 x 122 cm

Untitled #1050
Untitled #1050

Original, Mixed Media on Wood 122 x 122 cm

Untitled #475
Untitled #475

Original, Acrylic on Canvas 90 x 150 cm

Untitled #476
Untitled #476

Original, Acrylic on Canvas 92 x 153 cm

Untitled #469
Untitled #469

Original, Acrylic on Canvas 110 x 200 cm

Untitled #405
Untitled #405

Original, Acrylic on Canvas 50 x 70 cm

Untitled #493
Untitled #493

Original, Acrylic on Canvas 70 x 100 cm

Untitled #135
Untitled #135

Original, Acrylic on Canvas 100 x 170 cm

Untitled #479
Untitled #479

Original, Acrylic on Canvas 50 x 70 cm

Untitled #447
Untitled #447

Original, Acrylic on Canvas 123 x 178 cm

Untitled #350
Untitled #350

Original, Acrylic on Canvas 150 x 100 cm