Amir Chasson


G.T. #3 ,  2009, oil & household paint on canvas, 52 x 82 cm

the trap, 2010,  oil, charcoal & household paint on linen and canvas, 100 x 130 cm

eyeless in gaza,  2010,  oil, charcoal & household paint on canvas, 110 x 82 cm

three dimensional topo map using contour lines,  2010,  oil, pencil & household paint on canvas, 100 x 121 cm

special purpose pictorial graph,  2009,  oil, pencil & household paint on canvas, 52 x 82 cm

hand drawn topo map,  2010,  oil, pencil & household paint on canvas, 61 x 91 cm

prime knot, 2009,  oil, pencil & household paint on canvas, 52 x 82 cm

trying to think but nothing happens, 2010,  oil, charcoal  & household paint on canvas, 112 x 122 cm


stacked area,  2009,   oil & household paint on canvas, 52 x 82 cm

Artist Statement

My work is about people, people who need people. Still, some of the people depicted in my paintings are NOT used to being on the receiving end but, please— do not let this stop you. There is complete freedom, pleasure and absolute ease in every canvas. I guarantee you: these gaze-traps will take your mind off the troubles of everyday life. They will re-connect you with that rich and primal world of painting that we all love and know so well. These paintings of so-called ‘people’, as you may have noticed by now, are actually paintings of heads. But what about these heads? Are they not throwing some light on the intelligence of other heads? so-called ‘real’ heads? — I don’t think so. (Saatchi)

Artist Bio

Amir Chasson (b. 1968, Israel) studied at the Tel Aviv Centre for Design Studies (1994-1998), where he was awarded the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Award for Excellence in the Field of Visual Arts. He taught Typography and Design at Shenkar College in Israel (2003-2007) and completed an MA in Design at Middlesex University, London (2004-2007). While studying for an MFA at Goldsmiths, his work was twice selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2009 and 2010) and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2009. He lives and works in London.

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