For this month’s artist feature, I wanted to showcase a very talented 30 year old Israeli artist. Her name is Tali Yalonetzki, and this young ladies’ paintings and illustration stole my heart a few years ago when I discovered her on etsy. I love her work because she easily transitions and variates her style from the chalky, dream-like acrylic landscapes and sweepy naratives she paints her stories in, to the fun and humourous, retro-inspired illustrations that harken an aesthetic and innocence of yesteryear.
When I painted a lot of childood inspired, narrative work back in art college, I found it a very cathartric practice that helped me to deal with a lot of childhood losses, my family’s divorce, and the idea of saying goodbye. It was a body of work that was very painful and yet hit the funny bone in an awkward and ironic way (not just for me making it and looking at the work afterwards), but also for whoever else saw the paintings. Talonetzki’s work reminds me of my old work, but again, she brings her own story-telling and dusty photo album snap shots and characters that uniquely tell her own world.
A year and a half ago, I was ecstatic to save up and purchase one of her original paintings, the one below called “Jenny”, and it happily sits framed on my bedroom wall.
For more info on Tali and her bio, visit http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/featured-shop-tush-tush/?ref=fp_featured
I don’t need to jabber-on anymore about her paintings – I’ll let the work speak for itself. Enjoy.
Riding a Scooter, 9″ x 11 3/4″
Jenny, 12″ x 12″