Guy Yanai‘s paintings remind me alot of David Hockney’s work – his work flat and brightly coloured, his ideas coming from the everyday – his surroundings, his family home, photographic, print media and film – all rearranged and broken down into shape and colour. When looking at his work you wouldn’t really think that his primary influences are the early Renaisance painters but, having said, that their obssession with perspective might explain certain aspects of Yaniai’s work. I find his paintings refreshing, bold and bright and would love to have one hanging in my home. Here’s what he has to say about his influences:
My earliest inspirations and influences were John Cage, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauchenberg, and John Zorn. This is at about age 16. In my early 20’s I discovered the early Renaissance painters Masaccio, Giotto, and Piero della Francesca. Then Matisse. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to see a lot of their work in the flesh. In the past few years I haven’t really looked at painting. I’ve been looking at life: women, films, fashion, online, cities, books, experience, my children, etc … These are the things that I build my work with.
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