Liat Yossifor - Wall I, 2017 (detail)

Liat Yossifor

August 5, 2013

A contemporary painter, Liat Yossifor is best known for painterly abstractions that recall the work of Leon Kossoff, Cy Twombly, and Lee Krasner. Using a limited color palette of neutral grays and whites with a few dashes of color, she examines the tension between figure and ground, action and repose, mark and symbol.

Born in 1974 in Israel, Yossifor currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996, and her MFA from the University of California, Irvine, in 2002. Her select solo shows include those at institutions such as The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, Nichols Gallery, Broad Center, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, The Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany, Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY, Patron Gallery, Chicago, IL and The Stand, Paramo Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Described as portraits of events, Yossifor's abstractions are time-restricted, repeated, and body-aware, speaking to a cycle of trauma and belatedness. Her working process resembles automatic drawing, where she creates textural lines and structures that are subsequently buried in the ensuing layers of paint.

Featured image: Liat Yossifor - Wall I, 2017 (detail). Oil on linen. 80 × 78 in. 203.2 × 198.1 cm. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery