Beverly Barkat working on Earth Poetica in her studio in Jerusalem.
Photo credits Michael Amar.

Current and forthcoming exhibitions:

Solo exhibition Mass Movement Energy opened on May 10, 2022 at Daxiang Art Space gallery, Taichung, Taiwan.
Dates: May 10 – June 19, 2022 (Vernissage May 14, 2022).

Earth Poetica in collaboration with Nomas Foundation.
Opened on February 6, 2022 at the Gottesman Family Aquarium in Jerusalem, Israel and ends at the World Trade Centre in New York.

Participating at a group exhibition at Daxiang Art Space gallery, Taichung, Taiwan.
Dates: August 13 – September 18, 2022.

Solo exhibition of oil paintings scheduled in Autumn 2022, in Israel.

Participating at Imago Mundi group exhibition, Torino, Italy.
Scheduled in Autumn 2022.

After the Tribes installation, Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi, Rome, 2018
Photographed by Vartivar Jaklian

After the Tribes, detail, Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi, photographed by Vartivar Jaklian

After the Tribes, Domaine du Castel Vineyards, Jerusalem Mountains, photographed by Michael Amar

Studio

Beverly Barkat started working in her current Jerusalem studio in 2009. She has been exploring drawing and painting with mixed media on paper, self-stretched canvases and PVC, while incorporating skills and techniques acquired from the various art disciplines in which she specialized. Her two-floor studio is located in Jerusalem’s centre and overlooks the Architecture Department of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

Artwork

Barkat’s early works were largely figurative and in keeping with the traditional Western genres. Around 2009, she made a turn towards formal abstraction and although she continued to draw from life, she started to deconstruct the figure and at the same time, capture movement on a two-dimensional surface with dynamic lines.

In 2014, her series of paintings inspired by Japanese calligraphy earned her the Curator’s Award at the 28th International Exhibition of Art & Design in Kyoto. A year later, Barkat started experimenting with new techniques, application methods and materials, the most prominent being the use of transparent PVC sheets. Sally Haftel Naveh, the curator of her 2017 exhibition in Venice, comments on her use of this new material in the exhibition catalogue:

“The PVC sheets that Barkat picks for her paintings differ from other more conventional supports first and foremost in their transparency, so that while each side carries its own self-contained painterly motif, it echoes at the same time the one found overleaf. The work process progresses on both sides simultaneously, in constant symbiosis, free of any predetermined precepts or hierarchies.”