Studio in Quarantine: Boaz Noy

For Haifa based painter Boaz Noy, there is no distinction between art and life, “One seamlessly seeps into the other” he explains. “This trajectory within my work allows me to create paintings that are drawn from the ‘now’ more than ever, when we are all confined to the four walls, which we call home. My home has become my studio and my studio my home. I am trying to find the silver lining in this dark situation that the world is going through and have been painting many indoor scenes and moments from my close surroundings that inspire me and certain to the present moment of stillness. The boundary between my home and work has been blurred forming a somewhat existential existence”.

Boaz Noy, Moving Fast Tel Aviv, 2020

SB: If you could choose only three things to take with you into quarantine what would they be?

BN: I would first and foremost bring my family with me. Fortunately for me I am quarantining at home and have been doing so since the beginning of this pandemic. Secondly, I would have to include miles of linen, endless amount of stretch-bars (all sizes of frames for canvases) and various tones of oil colors (especially; white, ultramarine blue, kings blue, graphite grey, viridian green, crimson red, silver and gold). Finally, I would also include my laptop or phone in order to connect, reach-out and expose my art digitally, which I have been using to keep my portfolio and site updated with my new works.

Boaz Noy, Pine Trees, 2020

SB: Your music playlist / album that you are listening to at the moment?

BN: As with my paintings, I enjoy merging notions of the divine with earthly beauty and pleasures. This combination of classical art coupled with a contemporary outlook links to my love of listening and watching performances from various musical genres. I have currently been immersed in pieces from Polish composer, Frédéric Chopin to Israeli-Arab singer Nasrin Kadri, America Jazz musician Miles Davis and the Israeli duo WC, the renowned Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, as well as Israeli singer Dikla and Italian-French singer Yves Montand.

SB: If you weren’t an artist what would you be?

BN: I would have most probably turned into a materialistic capitalist with gambling tendencies coupled with a minor liqueur problem due to associated fast-paced lifestyle. On the other hand I believe I could have also become a religious person seeking a sense of deep meaning and belonging.

Boaz Noy, Date at the Beach, 2019

SB: What is the first thing you would like to do once we go back to normality?

BN: I look forward to doing many things including, seemingly small acts such as meeting with friends, grabbing freshly roasted coffee en route to my studio, walking a tight rope in the park and teaching my students.

This moment in time has highlighted the importance of the small as well as the larger moments in life and I hope I will remember to cherish the beauty that surrounds me daily.

Boaz Noy, Facade, 2017

SB: Who has been your biggest influence?

BN: My most profound artistic influences have been, Old Masters together with several key Modern artists with whom I wish I could have had a direct dialogue with. Some of which include; Nicolas De-Stael, Ori Reisman, Liliane Klapisch, Richard Diebenkorn, Emil Nolde, Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne and many, many more.

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