Hometown: Tel Aviv
Lives and Works: Tel Aviv
Jossef Krispel was born in Israel 1974. In his work, Krispel defines painting as a dynamic layer which constantly changes regarding the subject he chooses. His work sways between different worlds and histories that represent his deep interest in the medium of painting itself. His massive series of paintings and drawing eventually unites into an enormous indexed body of works which projects an expressive, vibrant and sensual patina.
Series as Elvis (2008) and Tigers (2013) present images of iconic figures as Elvis Presley, Dionysus, Picasso or David Bowie – all in the favor of their constant change and their reappearance. He regards the canvas as skin, or as face which constantly wears a mask. Other series, such as The Bible, Ghosts, Metamorphosis and Killing Time presents scenes of haunted features, hunting scenes, pornography and catastrophes of human mythologies. These groups of paintings reveal to us forgotten worlds that Krispel re-visits from time to time, and re-ordering them as they invoke in front of him.
Jossef Krispel, graduated Bezalel Academy of Art and design BFA (2002) MFA (in collaboration with The Hebrew University, 2004) both magna cum laude.
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