Beit Ha´Emek, Israel, 1960
“I work from observation, carving my way between tonal painting and bright choices of color, patterns, space, features, and real personality… It is a process of observing, which allows me to make a painting that is built from the many changes that happen in a landscape or a person in a shifting light or alteration of mood.” – Shulamit Near
Although Shulamit Near´s exacting brush stroke and careful composition can make her works seem like they were done with the aid of photographs and computers, Near actually creates her works through a meticulous process of observation. This choice gives her paintings a dream-like quality as she captures the light changing through time. Near studied art at the Bezalel School of Art and design, Slade School of Art in London and at the Jerusalem Studio School. She often works on a large scale, allowing her paintings to envelope the viewer. Near´s landscapes are never populated and have an eerie ghostlike quality. Her soft optimistic colors make her uninhabited landscapes deceptively soothing and inviting.
Near lives and works in Jerusalem
1985 – 1989 –Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel
1998 – Slade School, London University, London
1998-2002 –The Jerusalem Studio School, Israel