What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Horizontal and Vertical


Guy Yanai

Today, we’re looking at the lovely, minimalist paintings by Israeli painter Guy Yanai. The artists subjects have wildly diverse origins like “my kitchen, a trip advisors user’s picture of a place where I vacationed, a transcription of a Matisse work, Google street view, the NY Times, pictures friends sent me, and churches in east Jerusalem.” But though his inspirations are all over the place, his works definitely hang together as a cohesive collection.

Yahai’s paintings are comprised largely by meticulously-placed vertical and horizontal rectangles. When asked whether he felt trapped by having to continue to work with the bands because they are his signature, his response was very interesting.

“The mark in painting is really important for me. So why not make every approach with linen have significant meaning? Not only do I not feel trapped, its liberating and allows me to make anything I want mine.”

-Guy Yanai interview for Hunted Projects

You can follow Yanai on his (very sparse) website and on Instagram.

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

4 thoughts on “Horizontal and Vertical

  1. The backgrounds are as interesting as the subject. Simple but not so.

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  2. here’s a couple more I thought you might be interested in:
    Sculptures from fabric –
    miniatures from driftwood –
    I’ve also seen some work by an artist who combines dry leaves with crochet – exquisite. I’ll if I can find a link.

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