29 Jan 2010

Two Israeli Artists, Two Worlds of Arts

Posted by Moshe Mikanovsky

I have recently joined a local artist group, the Israeli Artists Group of Greater Toronto. The group brings together Israeli artists in different disciplines of visual arts, to work, socialize and enhance the Israeli and Jewish culture in Toronto.

In May this year the group will have its annual group show. In participation for the show, we have partnered with Shalom Toronto, a local weekly newspaper in Hebrew and English (distributed in 17,000 copies), to write a series of articles about the group and its artists. Last Hanukkah, Elad Benari from Shalom Toronto visited Hanukkah potluck group meeting. Elad had the opportunity to see first hand the wonderful people in this group, and he wrote about it in the paper.

Starting this week, the paper will publish several articles, written by me. Each article will feature couple of artists working in different mediums.

This week I interviewed landscape painter Suzy Philippsohn, and abstract encaustic painter Myriam Levy. Here is the English version of the article as published on Shalom Toronto. You can also check the PDF version of the English and Hebrew articles, as well as download the entire paper from Shalom Toronto’s site.

Two Israeli Artists, Two Worlds of Art

By Moshe Mikanovsky
Shalom Toronto, January 28, 2010

The Israeli Artists Group of Greater Toronto brings together Israeli artists in different disciplines of visual arts, to work, socialize and enhance the Israeli and Jewish culture in Toronto. In this series of articles, we will open a window to some of our artists who live and work in our midst.

This week, I have met with two very talented artists, both have lived in several countries before finally settling in Toronto, both influenced by their multi-cultural experiences, and diverse art education background. But each has developed in a very different way.

First, landscape artist Silvia Philippsohn. Born in Argentina, Silvia, who is better known to her friends as Suzy, made Aliya in her teens with her parents, and in the mid eighties immigrated to Canada with her husband and children. Professionally educated as an interior designer, Suzy always painted and created artwork in different mediums – watercolors, acrylics, ink, sculpting, jewelry making and glasswork. But her love for color and subject matter drew her to focus on painting.

Suzy with her painting “Returning Home”

Suzy with her painting “Returning Home”

Her inspiration comes from landscapes, floral and still life, mainly of fruits and animals. Throughout her landscapes and seascapes, an untold story direct the viewer through the usage of bold colors, whether it is a sunset in the Mediterranean or rocky beach on Lake Huron, Californian poppies field, or an unknown path, you can’t keep but wondering what memories these beautiful paintings are based on. And in Suzy’s own words: “The inspiration to my paintings comes from my love to nature and the sea, which symbolizes for me freedom and relaxation. I express my feelings through the warm colors I use and the light emerges from them. It all brings me to my childhood scenery”.

The Path, Acrylic on gallery canvas, 24”x20”x1.5”

The Path, Acrylic on gallery canvas, 24”x20”x1.5”

Suzy is a member of several artists group in the GTA. Her excited spirit is a blessing in the Israeli Artists Group meetings, helping and welcoming all new artists and making everyone feels at home. In her own words: “My friends at the group influence my art in many ways. We learn from each other, and discuss many artists’ related topics.  Everyone is treated equally and it’s a great pleasure!”

The second artist I interviewed is abstract painter Myriam Levy. Born in Switzerland, Myriam first started her artistic education in Lucerne, and later on continued in Avni Institute of Fine Arts in Israel. Thanks to her talent, she had the opportunity to train in painting, modeling and sculpting with distinguished artists such as Israel Hershberg and Zvi Lachman. Myriam lived in Israel for many years, where her work was shown both in solo and group exhibitions. In 2006 she moved to Toronto with her husband and 3 sons as the family wanted to face new opportunities and encounter different atmosphere in a multicultural society.

Contemporary artist Myriam Levy

Contemporary artist Myriam Levy

As an abstract painter, Myriam’s medium of choice is encaustic. Encaustic is an ancient technique also known as hot wax painting, which involves using heated wax to which colored pigments are added. The encaustic medium has a unique ability to be worked and reworked. Modeling, scraping, incising and incorporating different materials are some of the exciting possibilities this medium can offer.

Myriam’s multicultural life experience shows beautifully throughout her body of work. In her own words: “I am interested in rhythm, color and texture and try to achieve a universal language in my paintings through repetition and minimal forms.”

 
 
 

Go, encaustic, 20’’x20’’, 2009

Go, encaustic, 20’’x20’’, 2009

Myriam is involved in the local community in social and artistic events. She has started offering encaustic classes in her studio and would love to teach members of the community this unique artistic medium.

Suzy’s art can be viewed online at http://silviaphilippsohn.webs.com/ and in person upon appointment at her studio. To contact Suzy please email her at silvia2000il@yahoo.com

Myriam’s art can be seen and purchased at the Engine Gallery at the
Distillery District in Toronto, Townesquare Gallery in Oakville, Ontario, and at the Halde Gallery, Widen, Switzerland. Her work is presently shown at the Engine Gallery in a group show until January 24th, and in June 2010 the gallery will have a solo show of her work. Myriam can be reached at 416.627.0182 or by email at mflevy@rogers.com. To view more of her work visit www.mflevy.com

Both Suzy and Myriam will be participating in the Israeli Artists Group show in May 15-18 at the MacDonald House, 121 Centre Street, Thornhill.

Moshe Mikanovsky is a member of the Israeli Artists Group of Greater Toronto (moshe@mikanovsky.com)

artists interview shalom toronto suzy myriam hebrew

Artists Interview, Hebrew

artists interview shalom toronto suzy myriam english

Artists Interview, English

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19 Responses to “Two Israeli Artists, Two Worlds of Arts”

  1. אחלה
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    שקד

  2. Thank you Shaked :-)

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

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  4. Nice Article. Interesting and informative. Good to get to know these artists through your article and to look forward to seeing their artwork showcase in the upcoming art show in May

     

    Monica

  5. Thank you Monica,
    We will lookg forward to see you at the show. Please also stay tuned for more articles in the near future, and invite all your friends and family to come to the show.

    Cheers
    Moshe

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

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