This week I was able to pay a visit to the studio of Bushwick based painter, Gili Levy.
Levy was born in Herzliya, Israel, received her MFA from the New York Studio School in 2008 and has lived and worked in Brooklyn since 2005.
Her mostly, large oil paintings have their origins in figuration and immediately convey the intimacy and depth of feeling she has for her subjects. But Levy is a painter first, and it's easy for the viewer to come ungrounded and caught up in the quality of paint handling, the endless variety of application and the struggle between color and form that are made all the more interesting by quirky line quality (beginning and ending abruptly) and sophisticated, unexpected, color placements and combinations.
Levy's work is resplendent, and gritty as the figurative and the abstracted vie for attention and end up equals comprising a transcendent whole.
Gili Levy has exhibited extensively in Brooklyn and Queens in venues such as Valentine, Centotto, Ethan Pettit, Airplane and Norte Maar.
For more information and to view more of Levy's work follow the link to her website here.
Gili Levy in her studio in Brooklyn, NY
*Images may show paintings in progress and not in their finished state.