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Israeli artist alternates between abstract and realism

Summit Daily News
Summit County, CO
Special to the Daily

BRECKENRIDGE ” When you see the work of Israeli artist Yoram Gal ” some realistic and some completely abstract ” it’s understandable that some think there are two painters involved.

“No one has managed to define my style,” Gal said, but noted that it all seems to have the “same energy, same flow.”

Gal, who has an exhibit up at the Speakeasy through July 28 and will show his work at the Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival next weekend, has been protective of this style.

“I didn’t go to art college because I didn’t want to be ruined by theories or methods or techniques. It all evolved naturally over years doing it,” he said.

Gal has been painting with water-based mediums for 44 years.

Over time he has created “secret potions of different levels of opaqueness and transparencies in colors using mix from thick acrylic to loose washes.”

In the last four years, Gal has entered the traveling art show circuit ” hitting up big cities like Chicago most recently, and Houston, San Francisco and Kansas City.

He’s also made a habit out of coming to Breckenridge, specifically this year for the two Mountain Art Festival fairs held in July.

He cited his success in the region as motivation for returning.

“It’s strange how from Israel I found this tiny place in the mountains, and keep coming back,” he said.

The painter sells only originals, which he said keeps him working.

Work to Gal, however, involves playing.

“I’m just playing like I’m a kid, 4 years old with no inhibitions, no preconceived idea about what art is and what it should be.”

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or

– What: “Me and Mine,” water-based paintings by Israeli artist Yoram Gal

– When: Up through July 28

– Where: Speakeasy Art Gallery, 103 S. Harris St., in the CMC building in Breckenridge

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