Magen David Square By Yoni Zohar

Magen David Square By Yoni Zohar

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In the heart of old Tel Aviv sits Magen David Square, signaling the intersection between the city’s busy thoroughfares and bringing together the multiple facets of Tel Aviv, in all their glory and neglect. The bright Israeli sun bears down equally on the ultra-Orthodox haredi striding purposefully up the street, and on the street performer dressed in shorts and a headband; together, they sweat in the relentless heat, capturing the essence of Tel Aviv.

Materials: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 31.4/47.2 in

At the heart of Tel Aviv’s older neighborhood lies Magen David Square, signaling the intersection between the city’s historic thoroughfares: Allenby Street with its small shops filled with wedding dresses, old-school jewellers, and cafes; heavily congested King George Street, leading into the Carmel Souk; the pedestrian thoroughfare Nahalat Binyamin, filled with artisan stands selling handmade ceramics. The square brings together the multiple facets of Tel Aviv, in all their glory and neglect. The grand building designed in the modernist International Style for which the city is renowned presides over the square while elderly pedestrians, fatigued by the heat, stop to rest for a moment on a bench. A young drummer rests behind his ad-hoc setup of buckets, while behind him a Chabad table is set up, sporting a yellow “Long Live the Messiah” sign and aiming to entice passersby looking for meaning. An Israeli flag has been haphazardly stuck onto a randomly placed trashcan, while a row of palm trees that line Nahalat Binyamin, symbolizing the local roots of the city, recedes into the background. In this painting, Zohar captures the essence of Tel Aviv: the bright Israeli sun bears down equally on the ultra-Orthodox haredi striding purposefully up the street, and on the street performer dressed in shorts and a headband; together, they sweat in the relentless heat.

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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