About the Artist
Born in Israel in 1965, Zohar started painting at a very young age. Growing up not far from the Sea of Galilee, she loved being part of nature; she experimented with organic materials and often used walls as canvas when paper wasn’t available. Zohar completed her Bachelors of Arts degree in Haifa University, followed by Handwriting Analysis studies. She later joined the corporate world as a human resources consultant while continuing to paint. It was only after her move to Canada in 1998, with her young family, that Zohar became a professional artist. Her encounter with the vast Canadian landscape evoked an overwhelming desire in her to create and follow her true passion.
Zohar’s work is largely inspired by organic mechanisms and natural elements, while she examines the basic human relation to living systems. She creates visual mix media abstracts, which focus on natural elements, rhythm, and energy.
Zohar has an intuitive approach which incorporates dynamic physical progression and explores the motion of life as it transforms into texture, depth, and colours. Every painting is created with organic resources such as copper, mica powder, paper-mâché, sand, and pigments. Zohar mixes traditional with modern techniques and creates multi-layered texture while using her hands to add or remove from the surface, treating her works as a living thing. Combining earthly interaction with repetitive patterns, surface and intuition, each painting becomes a one-of-a-kind piece.
Zohars paintings are being sought after by corporate and private collections, and her clients are spread throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel. Zohar currently resides with her family in Calgary, Alberta.
"I’m fascinated by exploring depth and substance, connecting visual essentials through colour, texture and rhythm. I choose to pay close attention to minor details found everywhere, and highlight unseen elements that hide deep underneath the surface.
Each painting starts with exploring the unknown, trying to find meaning through the experience itself. I never know how the finished piece will look, and choose to follow patterns that appear as soon as the process starts.
Patterns and shapes, geological forms, biological elements, colours and music all fascinate me as I try to find a mutual language between the different mediums and how they relate to the human form. My work is passionate and intuitive, and involves curiosity, wonder and delight as I aim to discover harmony within the most trivial elements.
Repetitive, methodical yet lively movements create definite layers as I peel and distress each one of them. The structure formed underneath my fingers takes control and functions as a living being, as the layers blend into each other naturally while forming texture, depth and meaning of their own."