Tree in the Shade by David Boskovich

Tree in the Shade 

90x50 cm, oil on canvas, 2010 

David Boskovich

David Boskovich’s exhibition The Path, presenting a series of his works – oil paintings and sketches – from the last two years, will open at the Bernard Gallery, Tel Aviv, on Thursday, December 20, 2012, at 19:30. Curator: Irena Gordon.


From the curator’s introduction: “A visit by the painter David Boskovich to the village of Tzippori a couple of years ago produced a series of paintings and sketches shrouded in mystery and gloom, despite their realism. Boskovich leads us through a path at once familiar and strange: rows of flowering cacti marking lives and plots of land that are no more; cypresses burdened with splendour yet also symbolic of death; wide-open landscapes tinged with a profound sense of loneliness. He invites the viewers to a path sown with symbolic motifs – such as the cypress and the prickly pear cactus (sabra) – and seeks to regard the landscape with different eyes, to discover its less-sentient, magical and exaggerated components, which are inseparable from the familiar, day-to-day experience. This is not, however, a fond or critical journey among Israel’s roads, but a quest for the ontological essences revealed to the artist’s eyes through the language of painting. The paintings and sketches, imbued with the ambivalence of ominous beauty, give presence, not merely to the indexical link between the landscape’s representation and reality, but also to the match between reality and the disturbing, hallucinatory, jesting imagination”.


The exhibition ‘The Path’ will be presented at the Bernard Gallery, 170 Ben Yehuda Street, Tel Aviv (phone: 03-5270547) from December 20, 2012, to January 20, 2013.

Opening hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00-13:00, 16:00-19:00; Friday, 10:00-13:00.