Artist of the Month: Adi Zur

 

Adi Zur was born in Tel-Aviv where she studied philosophy and was an art teacher. She immigrated to Toronto, studied at OCAD and graduated with an Honours degree. As a full-time artist, she showcases her work at various galleries and has been published in multiple art books.

1.       In your LaVaLab profile, you say that your paintings are a reflection of your profound interest in ancient knowledge and are moved by the notion of a “connector.” Can you elaborate on this idea and how it comes through in your work?

I was born and raised in Israel, the ancient land of the Bible. I lived near archeological digs where I played hide and seek in my childhood, and where we discovered skeletons in old graves. I have profound interest in the ancient world and ancient knowledge, where we all came from and where we are all going. In my paintings, there is a frenzied demonstration of the space, lines, layers and fragments of newspaper. Words and letters are all mixed together to express my constant search for ancient knowledge.

 

2.       How has studying and working in both Israel and Canada impacted the art you make?

The land, the sea, the beaches and sunlight in Israel all influence the colours in my paintings. My use of collage, layers, fragments and scrapes of newspapers express my transition to a new continent, a new country; Canada.

 

3.       Can you tell us about your creative process? How do you begin a painting and work through it to the end?

Before I begin my paintings, I do some street photography and filter through the prints in my studio. I typically rip the prints that I choose to include and combine words from newspapers that help express my thinking behind the painting. I then glue it all on the board and begin using my oil paints, trying to connect everything together without any planning or organization. The painting creates itself.

Image: Adi Zur, Chemistry, Mixed Media on Board, 38” x 48”

 

4.       Who are your mentors? Has anyone in particular guided you through your process and professional art practice as a whole?

My art teacher in University, Israeli artist, Rafi Lavi, encouraged me to express the concept and idea behind my works, rather than painting a "beautiful" painting. This has been my guiding light through all of my years as an artist. I studied drawing and painting at OCAD in Toronto but independently arrived at my personal artistic process. Abstract expressionists, Willem De Kooning and Antoni Topies, are inspirations to my artwork.

 

5.       What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

I would encourage all aspiring artists to never give up on the dream, to be consistent with their works and to constantly search for ways of self-expression. It's important to think carefully about what they are trying to express, to always be true to themselves and never lose sight of their unique individuality. Launching a website is also very important to stay connected to the art community.

 

6.       How can we learn more and keep up with your latest work?

Learn more about my works and upcoming exhibitions through my website www.adizurart.com and follow me on Instagram  @adizurto. Stay connected and feel free to reach out via email adizur@rogers.com.

 

See Adi Zur’s LaVaLab profile at http://lavalab.ca/artist/67.  


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