Medallion

Bella Brisel and Omer Halperin

Hotel Saul

17 Tchernichovsky Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Opening: 22.7.2021, 19:00 — 21:00

23.7 – 27.7, 12:00 – 18:00

Bella Brisel and Omer Halperin’s paintings express a magic and poetic dimension of a woman’s portrait. Brisel (1929–1982) was an Israel painter who lived with her husband, painter Sioma Baram, in Tel Aviv, Paris and the island of Formentera. They used to exhibit their work together as a couple: her withdrawn figures and his metaphysical landscapes. Briesel was born to an ultra-Orthodox family in Jerusalem and studied painting in Aharon Avni’s school, Studia, under Yehezkel Streichman, Marcel Janco and Avigdor Stematsky. In the 1950s she moved to Paris to study at the Académie des Beaux-Arts and in 1955 was awarded the Israeli Painters in Paris Prize. Picasso visited some of her exhibitions, and the influence of Marc Chagall and Amadeo Modigliani is evident in her paintings, characterized by despondent figures. The elongated arms of her female figures encircle their heads like a medallion. Enclosed in a circle, these round heads whose impenetrable gaze is turned inwards, hint at a yearning for other worlds, for heavenly, supreme spheres.

The portraits and spiritual situations depicted in Omer Halperin’s (b. 1984) deceptive pastel and charcoal drawings draw the gaze inwards, like a half-open door through which one can peek at a secret cipher. The material process prominent in Halperin’s work comprises many layers of adding and removing, filling and hiding, which enhance its depth dimension. The compositions are organized well, but each painting is different, delineating for itself a world seeped with bleakness, philosophy and a kind of magic.

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Omer Halperin, Carmel

2021

Pastel on masonite

57x57 cm

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Bella Brisel, Unknown title

Unknown year

Oil on paper

29x42 cm

Private collection

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Omer Halperin, Envelope

2021

Pastel and charcoal on paper

59x56 cm