Winner of the 2021 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize « The Jerusalem Artists House – בית האמנים בירושלים

Winner of the 2021 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize

Winner of the 2021 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize for a Young Artist, awarded in collaboration with the Jerusalem Artists’ House

Tomer Rosenthal is the winner of the 2021 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize, awarded in collaboration with the Jerusalem Artists’ House. The Prize was introduced in 2007. It includes a 10,000 NIS award and a solo exhibition at the Jerusalem Artists’ House. Rotenthal’s exhibition will open at the Jerusalem Artists’ House on October 9, 2021; the award ceremony will be held on October 24, 2021.

In their statement, the prize committee members—Shai Azoulay, Miriam Cabessa, and Eli Petel—noted:

 

Tomer Rosenthal presents a cohesive, idiosyncratic body of work. His art exclusively addresses the act of drawing, extracting therefrom an inner gaze at once deep and dim. Rosenthal explores the inner self, the psyche, and a situation which seems ostensibly impossible to describe via images. His work transpires in a slow-paced space. It spawns figures introduced as animist (a term coined by anthropologist E.B. Tylor as one of the earliest sources for religion, and hence for the spirit and the soul), oscillating between the symbolic and the organic in a space of total silence, as if they were on the brink of stagnation; at times seductive, they reveal to the viewer something about him/herself, perhaps about inner foreignness or about an aspect both threatening and comforting in one’s inner world. Rosenthal’s works call for concentration, deepening, personal viewing, which requires breathing space.

 

For all these qualities we have decided to confer the 2021 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize on Tomer Rosenthal.

Jury: Shai Azoulay, Miriam Cabessa, Eli Petel