Title portrait in light Medium oil on paper Size 23/15 cm

Michal Biber – Portraits Art Exhibition

About my portraits/Michal Biber

Two portraits were made as part of my “bomb shelter” series, in my studio in Tel Aviv, in a space also operates as a bomb shelter during war times. The usage of bomb shelters as artist’s studios is common in Israel, and helps to support artists by providing them an affordable working space.

Painting in a shelter means painting to a fluorescent light, and constantly searching for a natural light source. In that desperate quest for a natural light, I started painting next to the emergency escape door, a very small and stuffy place which offers some natural light.
After a second thought, I decided to rise to the challenge, and to paint a series of self-portraits using the cold and harsh fluorescent light.
Painting in an industrial space means I had to incorporate unromantic “accessories” that were found in the municipal bomb shelter, such as a ladder or a fire extinguisher, those eventually found their way into the paintings.

The other couple of portraits, were painted in another studio I had which was located in the heart of the hectic Carmel market.

Since light is a very significant factor for me as a figurative painter, the well-lit studio enabled me to further research the topic of self-portraits and to play with the strong and contrast lights. Thus creating dramatic portraits in which one side is visible and the other side is hidden.

Each working space and lighting conditions affected the painting process: the portraits from the Carmel market are rather small and were painted quickly on paper, unlike the shelter portraits that are the outcome longer and more reflective process.

Titleportrait in purpel   Medium	oil on canvas   Size	50/70 cm
Title portrait in purpel
Medium oil on canvas
Size 50/70 cm
Titleportrait with ladder   Medium	oil on canvas   Size	90/120 cm
Title portrait with ladder
Medium oil on canvas
Size 90/120 cm
Titleportrait in light   Medium	oil on paper   Size	23/15 cm
Title portrait in light
Medium oil on paper
Size 23/15 cm
Titlein my lighted studio   Medium	oil on paper   Size	23/15 cm
Title in my lighted studio
Medium oil on paper
Size 23/15 cm

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