After many shows in the 1970s, being the youngest artist to have several group exhibits at
San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, and the first student to receive a Master of Fine Artsfrom California College of Arts and Crafts (without having an undergraduate degree), Yisrael Feldsott was an art prodigy on the fast track to success. But success, he quickly learned, didn’t come without its problems of artistic and personal restrictions from galleries, museums and art dealers.
Yisrael Feldsott became less interested in commercial success and felt compelled to involve himself in the rich yet endangered ecologies and cultures of Central and South America. There he continued painting, founded an ecological restoration project, and studied with indigenous people for over 20 years. He learned to become a journeyer, student of traditional medicine, teacher, healer and most of all a storyteller.
When a museum in Ecuador offered him a retrospective in 2002, Feldsott reawakened to the importance of showing his work “to interact with my culture, create discourse and dialogue, and reach some more peaceful way to live.”
To that end, in this exhibition Feldsott offers visions of the worlds he visited and prophetic visions of the world we live in today. Intimate with the spirit world in a way that gives new meaning to the word visionary, Feldsott’s paintings are brilliantly seductive dialogues filled with mystery, shared collective memory and archetypes.
These works do not depict typical scenes nor do they use realism to depict what one might see in the lush rainforests of Central or South America. Instead, bold shapes, dazzling colors and lines of heroic energy transport the viewer deeper into the spiritual realms of these places and beings.
These paintings have a life of their own providing a powerful, timely prophetic voice.
This exhibit will be on display through October 5 and may be enjoyed during our regular gallery hours of 10am – 7pm Monday through Saturday and Sunday, 1-5pm. For more information, please contact Paul Mahder, Director, (415) 474-7707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full press release: http://www.paulmahdergallery.com/prfeldsott6_08.pdf
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