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  • Mixed media on paper
  • Sight, paper size: 30 x 22 inches
  • Framed: 36 x 27 inches
  • Signed and dated in pencil lower right "Yael Brotman 1989"
  • Titled lower left in pencil "The Land and the Town"
  • Frame: black wood float frame on white support, minor wear
  • Condition: excellent

The Artist: Yael Brotman (Canadian) 

Yael Brotman was born in Israel and grew up in Winnipeg. She currently lives and works in Toronto. Her practice includes drawing, painting and printmaking. Brotman has exhibited in public galleries across Canada (from St. John's NF to Dawson City YK), as well as at commercial galleries and artist-run centres. Her work has been reviewed in newspapers and magazines.

Brotman has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. In May 2009 Brotman exhibited, lectured, traveled and did a residency in China. She received an International Touring and Residency Grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Her work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections.

The Story: "I was six years old and had just emigrated from Israel to Winnipeg and spoke almost no English. It was summer and I was at a day camp. I was drawing a giant bride and my counselor made such a fuss over it, that it made me aware of drawing as something I could do. It has proven to be a lifelong means of exploring and communicating for me." 

 "When I look at some of my early work, I can see similarities in approach to execution and in certain interests. What is different now is that I have more confidence in sticking with an idea and following through. When I was younger, I wanted to taste everything and know everything. I wasn't as good at pacing myself and many ideas were left incompletely expressed because I was on to examining another one. I was always self-disciplined, though now I can break down the jobs I need to do to complete a piece more easily. I make a plan of action for the day for myself every morning when heading out to my studio. It's amazing how satisfying it is at the end of the day to have accomplished those tasks."

"The table in my studio is massive and takes up a quarter of the studio space. But it's on rollers that lock. I can work on all sides of the table. I have my cutting board, rulers, pencils, erasers, drawing paper at one end and a box of foam core scraps, piles of different etched images and matte medium and glue at the other end. I also have different source material, like sketches, photos, downloaded images, books and magazines on every other surface in the studio, like on my desk and my metal paper drawer. I like to keep everything visible, in case I want to incorporate a section of watercolour or an etched image on Japanese paper into a drawing."

Quotes taken from an interview with the artist by Gareth Bate and Dawne Rudman for the World of Threads Festival in 2012.


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Item No. CA201606039