Yigal Ozeri:
Revolution at Giverny – A Return
of Women in Nature

May 3 – August 1, 2015


Photorealist painter Yigal Ozeri presents a series of paintings, drawings, and sculptures inspired by Marie Antoinette and Monet’s gardens at Giverny commissioned by The Richard J. Massey Foundation.


Mana Contemporary is pleased to present Revolution at Giverny: A Return to Women in Nature, a new series of paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Yigal Ozeri. Commissioned in 2013 by The Richard J. Massey Foundation, the works realize an anachronistic, fleeting illusion of the last Queen of France, Marie Antoinette, as she savors the lush sanctuary of Monet’s gardens before being banished from Eden.

Throughout the works, exhibited in Mana’s 5,000-square-foot Gallery 888, Ozeri continues his celebrated high-definition Photorealist style, depicting a life-like female protagonist in a sublime landscape. Executed from photographs, Ozeri uses meticulous brushwork to create two panoramic 12-foot-long paintings, as well as a series of loose, freehand monochromatic drawings on canvas, a video installation, and a sculpture consisting of wood, resin, and fabric.

The large-scale paintings demand further inspection beyond their spellbinding immediate impact. Employing hyperrealist techniques, multiple viewpoints, and spatial shift to create an eerie, surreal juxtaposition, Ozeri provides an emotional distancing between the doomed heroine, the magnificent setting aligned with the famed Impressionist, and the viewer. Seemingly floating atop the lily ponds, surrounded by willow trees and wisteria, the Queen, modeled by artist Tarra Bandet in a period costume, appears blissfully unaware of the fate that awaits her. Bandet was a key collaborator in this commission project, acting as muse and model, as well as applying her own understanding of art history. Consequently, both the artist and the patrons have invited the viewer to consider these French icons within the context of freedom in sanctuary and revolution.


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