| 12 December 1973 (1973-12-12) Tel Aviv|
2008 Winner of the first "Haim Shiff" competition, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Amnon David Ar Wikipedia
Amnon David Ar (Hebrew: אמנון דוד ער; born 12 December 1973 in Herzliyah, Israel) is an Israeli painter. He studied at the Arts and Crafts Municipal High School of Tel Aviv until the age of eighteen. After completing his compulsory military service, he studied anatomy with Oswald Adler. He then spent one year at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, before leaving, because he felt that both the training and the curriculum didn’t provide the skills and knowledge he was looking for. For this reason, Ar decided to organize his own studies, and spent a further year learning painting and drawing with Abraham Bykov. By studying with older artists, Ar has trained himself in a traditional way, and can, at least in part, be considered an autodidact. During his studies, Ar worked as a chief illustrator and caricaturist at Maariv (newspaper) and also at Yedioth Tikshoret. Today, Ar also teaches painting and drawing, with the express intention of passing on to the next generation of artists, his experience, and with it his understanding of the artistic skills of the past. In 2014 Ar moved to Berlin where he has his studio and teaches.
Ar paints and draws his surrounds – both the people and everyday objects he finds around him in Tel Aviv. He does this, with a realist technique, often preferring to paint objects which are worn, rather than pristine. Robert Fishko, director of the Forum Gallery New York City says: "Ar loves the rich variety of forms in visual reality. Instead of hiding or improving its imperfections, he focuses on them with enthusiasm."
Dr. Bob Van Den Boogert, Curator of the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam, states: "Ar loves the rich variety of forms in visual reality and instead of hiding or improving its imperfections he focuses on them with an eagerness that recalls Rembrandt's predilection for 'picturesque' subjects ... The rendering of the human body still is an artistic speciality which - especially nowadays - only a few painters really master. Ar is definitely one of them: his female nudes are modelled so delicately, and the texture of their skin is rendered in such a convincing way, that they really come to life on the canvas."
Dr Van Den Boogert continues: "Ar is one of the great draughtsmen of our time. He excels in rapid sketches, but also in extremely detailed studies, done in graphite and charcoal, or in white pencil on black paper. The expressive power and the plasticity of his drawings have such graphic qualities, that one wonders why he has not tried his skills on graphic art yet. But that may be one of his future projects: perhaps the best is yet to come."2009 Solo exhibition – The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
2009 Solo exhibition – The Association of Painters and Sculptors – Jerusalem Artists, Jerusalem, Israel
2007 Exhibition & Catalog, Galerie Vieleers, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2005 Drawings & Several Paintings, Exhibition & Catalog, Bernard Gallery, Tel Aviv
2004 Amnon David Ar – Painting, Exhibition & Catalog, The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan
2010 "collections", Haifa Museum
2008 Time Tunnel, Exhibition & Catalog, Giv'atayim Municipal Gallery
2007 The Fine Art of Drawing – Modern & Contemporary Works on Paper, Forum Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
2006 Arkansas Art Center Collectors' Show
2006 New Faces, Forum Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
2006 Realisme Amsterdam Fair
2005 Group exhibition, Exhibition & Catalog, The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan
2005 Group Exhibition, The Jerusalem Center for the Performing Arts
2002 Portraits, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
2000 Observation Time, Exhibition & Catalog, Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod
1999 Group Exhibition, Bezalel, Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem
1998 Group Exhibition, Bat Yam Art Museum
2008 Winner of the first "Haim Shiff" competition, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv.