About Ido Bar-El:
Bar-El was born in 1959 and studied at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem during the 1980s. Since then he has established himself as one of the prominent painters of Israel. His paintings are characterized by the use of unique base materials: road and street signs, random furniture parts or discarded old machinery. As he meanders around the streets of his home city, Tel Aviv, he finds and gathers items and takes them back to his studio. There he transforms the mundane objects into pieces of art. His work is exhibited in Israel and abroad. Throughout his career he has received the major Israeli art prizes, amongst them the The Rappaport Prize for an Established Israeli Painter in 2014. He also heads the fine arts department of the Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem.
IDO BAR-EL PORTRAIT: Everything is Interesting
Driving to Ido Bar-El’s studio on a busy, hot August day in Tel Aviv he spots a pile of thrown out furniture at the side of the road. “I try to take a different way to the studio every day”, he tells me, “I am always keeping my eyes open for new objects to paint on.”
A QUICK WORD ON where an artist should gain his experiences.