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A solo exhibition in Torino

My new book has been published:

Tel Aviv Sketches

Ami Shinar, Avraham Balaban,

Publisher: Am-Oved

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Tel Aviv Sketches - Ami Shinar with texts by Avraham Balaban

Curator: Vera Pilpoul & Dana Gordon.

November 11, 2021 - December 31, 2020

Architect House Gallery, Jaffa

The show was part of Tel Aviv Illustration Week.

New works depicting sights and people in Tel Aviv East, South and Center, accompanied and inspired by texts by writer and poet Avraham Balaban.


Ami Shinar


Curator: Vera Pilpul

 Thursday, July 7th - Aug 2nd, Artists House, Tel Aviv


Ami Shinar was born in Tel Aviv and his art is closely associated with the city. His drawings depicting the cityscape express love of his hometown. Shinar looks at Tel Aviv's buildings with a forgiving yet sober eye. He captures complex and versatile urban sceneries that combine the old and the contemporary alongside typical Bauhaus buildings. "Some might say these are just streets, a few squares and boulevards, but they are the sites where one feels the city's pulsating life," he says.

Most of Shinar's paintings have a unique format, elongated and narrow canvases, on which he delineates Tel Aviv's newly emerging skyline, dotted with new towering buildings. The impact of these mostly grayish opaque facades is alternately exhilarating and intimidating. This lean narrow format seems to bring to mind a geological cut running through layers of matter and spirit – the urban spirit. 

Shinar's eye is drawn to spaces between the highrises to hidden corners, roaming derelict balconies and rooftops with rusty sun-heated boilers and old aerials. He then lowers his gaze to the electric poles on pavements occasionally interspersed with trees. Shinar's Tel Aviv drawings seem an attempt to document such layers of urban matter before they dissolve. The light of the white city is reflected in Shinar's pastel palette "bright washing" the city and its buildings, against a dark monumental presence. In his subtle way Shinar touches upon issues of polarizing social inequity.

The painting Demonstration at Rabin Sq duting Corona Time, presents tiny human figures dispersed in perfect order carefully observing social distancing. These figures seem to mark the public space while the city's buildings seem to engulf or even menace them. Each on their own, these figures reflect the urban experience rooted in the shared cityscape. 

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