Interview with Ofir Dor

Can you tell us a bit about you?

I was born in Israel, I grew up there and I went to the art Academy in Jerusalem.

I Left Tel Aviv in 2007 and ever since I’ve been living and working mostly in Berlin, with periods in Mexico, Paris and Galilee.

The Waitress

The Waitress, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 75 x 60 cm

What is your artistic singularity?

I’d like to have painting as a totality where the different elements are put together and balanced into one vibrating object.

This object have psychological, historical, personal and sensual interfaces. When passion, cold-blooded observation, ever-moving yet firm composition, authentic voice, personal story and human experience are sensitively put together – you’ll have something, and a bell inside you will ding a dong!

It’s like vomiting, it’s like saying something true to someone you love.

Four walls

Four Walls (The young Widow), 2017, Oil on Canvas, 57 x 70 cm

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Inspiration comes from where there’s true power, It’s in the way certain musicians are able to bend time and matter as if they were maneuvering red hot metals in high speed into complex, surprising, meaningfull shapes.

It’s how some authors are able to find a voice that’s unique, that’s original, that’s theirs and that’s real.

It’s the example of great painters who were able to set down images exselerating your pulse.

Light! life! beauty! rage! desire! anxiety! horror! all this is inspiration.

The Horse, its Owner, His Wife and the Jockey

The Horse, its Owner, His Wife and the Jockey, 2017, Oil on Canvas, 50 x 32 cm

Is there a particular material that you prefer to work with?

I’m using oil color, I produce it myself, It’s rich, it’s flexible, it can be so many things and tolerate so much energy.

Do you have a vision of what your artistic future might look like?

My artistic future I vision as the ability to jungle more energy in a clearer manner, increasing the intensity while maintaining focus.

Woman with a mirror, man with a camera

Tourists (Woman with a Mirror, Man with a Camera), 2016, Oil on Canvas, 210 x 350 cm

How do you decide on the titles of your artworks?

The titles usually follow the paintings from the beginning, sometimes they’re initiated into them once I realize what is it I’m painting.

Though painting is a visual experience, there’s a literal drive setting me going. I’m telling a story, that’s the reason and that’s the guide.

Titles like “Woman Playing the Guitar” are merely functional while “Pleasures of Surrender – When I was a Male Prostitute” sublimates a memory.

“Woman and a Bed Lamp” points out an essential relationship in the painting while “The Horse, Its Owner, His Wife and The Jockey” sets up dramatic tension, etc. etc.

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