Yael Izrai Artist Catalog | Agora Gallery

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530 West 25th Street, New York, NY

With movement and dappled curiosity, Yael Izrai’s art practice is both confrontational and feminine. Her rhapsodic prints and sculptures show the work of a musically attuned visual artist: hands in position to play piano chords dance across many of her pieces posing a recurrent theme of musicality and song. Using her multimedia talents to depict her musings and reflections on the earth and its people, Izrai plays with different mediums, textures, and modalities to find what matches her mood and that of which she intends to portray. Through the use of layering Izrai pushes the boundaries of two-dimensional perception bringing volume and three-dimensionality to her pieces–a practice informed by her prior work in ceramics. Reverberations of Klimt, Picasso, and Magritte become apparent in her works: arching figures, living sculptures, apples, and pomegranates are recurring themes across her pieces. Beginning as a means to express difficult emotions, Izrai’s art practice has evolved into one that investigates the big questions in life, which are the focus of her most recent series. Izrai immigrated from Russia to the United States – her influences reflect a global perspective spanning across cultures and time periods, which range from spiritual to artistic to cultural. By reflecting on these foundational episodes of humanity, Izrai’s work asks the viewer to consider where we come from and why we are here. Izrai lives and works in Long Island, New York.


Angel Sonata: Movement One, 2023 Oil and dry pastel on aquarelle paper 51” x 76” $20000 B U Y O N A RT- M I N E . C O M

Angel Sonata: Movement Two, 2023 Oil and dry pastel on aquarelle paper 51” x 48” $15000 B U Y O N A RT- M I N E . C O M

Angel Sonata: Movement Three, 2023 Oil and dry pastel on aquarelle paper 68” x 51” $18000 B U Y O N A RT- M I N E . C O M

Romeo And Juliet Before Parting, 2022 Giclee print 15” x 18” $550 B U Y O N A RT- M I N E . C O M

Rain II, 2011 Intaglio and oil-based ink 9.5” x 8” $400 AP edition B U Y O N A RT- M I N E . C O M

Dream Dust Series #2, 2022 Giclee print 18” x 15” $350 B U Y O N A RT- M I N E . C O M

Dream, 2011 Intaglio on rice paper 12” x 9.5” $400 AP edition B U Y O N A RT- M I N E . C O M

Resilience, 2011 Bronze 19” x 13” x 8” $45000

Larger piece: 19” x 7” x 8” | Smaller piece: 14” x 6” x 7” B U Y O N A RT- M I N E . C O M

My paintings are often allegorical depictions of my feelings and reactions to the world. The initial impulse must be elaborated into a clear idea, and from that idea, an image can be born. This process can be almost instantaneous, or take several months or years. Drawing from my previous work in ceramics, I seek to transpose volume and three-dimensionality into two-dimensional pieces, by creating multi-layered surfaces through the use of different materials and techniques, such as collaging and intaglio. The subjects of my paintings vary greatly, but there are overarching questions connecting them all: Why are we humans on Earth? How can we achieve harmony of soul, body, thoughts, and actions? I believe that art should tell what it can of an ideal truth. Though this truth cannot be seen, some of its beauty can. Whether my work is born from joy or pain, my goal is to make that beauty seen. I seek to create artworks that are tuning forks for the soul, to help the onlooker find harmony amid chaos, and discover something essential in themselves.


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