Carmel Souk By Yoni Zohar

Carmel Souk By Yoni Zohar

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The Carmel Souk is Tel Aviv’s colorful and vibrant market, where locals come to buy fruits and vegetables, cheese, olives and fish, flowers for Shabbat, and stop on the way for a black coffee. The relentless Israeli sunlight creates an intriguing play of light and shade, while a film of dust fills the air with haze. Locals casually go about their business, ignoring the artist-observer who captures this fleeting scene of everyday life in Israel.

Materials: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 23.6in/31.4in

The Carmel Souk is Tel Aviv’s colorful and vibrant market, where locals come to buy fruits and vegetables, cheese, olives and fish, flowers for Shabbat, and stop on the way for freshly squeezed pomegranate juice or a black coffee. The blinding Israeli sunlight, stark and relentless, reflects off the vendors’ canvassed overhangs and creates an intriguing play of light and shade. A film of dust covers everything, filling the air with a haze. The locals, casually dressed for summer, go about their business, ignoring the artist-observer who captures this fleeting scene of daily Israeli life. The murmur of the market can almost be heard: vegetable sellers haggling with the customers, plastic bags filled with tomatoes and cucumbers rustling as people bump into each other in the crowded passageway. The electricity wires, tin roofs, concrete buildings and grey sky in the background complete the chaotic scene, contrasting with the colorful vegetables merchandise on sale below.

Yoni Zohar

A figurative painter working predominantly with oils and charcoal, Yoni Zohar’s work focuses on people-scapes, capturing impressions of Israel's dynamic urban landscapes and daily life. His paintings convey the rhythm of Israel’s bustling and chaotic streets, suggesting that while the instant portrayed in the work is suspended in time, reality outside the canvas carries on.
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