David Najar is an emerging international artist. His works (oils and acrylic on canvas) present energetic movements of color and shapes, projecting scenes from nature. Najar describes nature as a large subject, something that is simultaneously in perfect harmony, near God, and full of beauty. While he doesn’t consider himself a philosopher, he is pulled to the subject and feels passionate about the natural world. He once explained that, to become an artist, you don’t need to attend a formal art school but to just look around you and let nature be your instructor. He says that the modern world is so busy that everyone should slow down.
“You don’t need to travel far to see something worthwhile.”
Najar’s studio sits between Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, and he describes it as a “very old, magical building.” Established 100 years before Israel became a country, the building has three floors and Najar is on the second. His studio is a happy place, as well. “Good mood means no suffering,” he says. He paints at least three hours each day in a large room with brightly lit windows, facing Jerusalem. It’s quiet and sunny and has “the best coffee.”
Najar graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science and has studied painting with various artists such as Moshe Rosentalis. For years, Najar had been working closely with Itzchak Tarkay, exchanging ideas in the arts and painting together in their studios. When Najar paints, it heals him. He keeps his own schedule and loves what he does, using both God and his love for artists like the Impressionists and the Nabis (especially Bonnard) as inspiration. For more inspiration, he listens. He paints spontaneously, using his hands instinctually to express his emotions. Through his acrylics, heavy impasto, and rubber brushes, Najar instinctively chooses his colors.
Drawing from previous styles, especially Impressionism, Najar uses color and texture to define the relationship between light and shadow in his paintings. Often focusing on landscapes, his compositions dance around themes of reflection. Utilizing water sources, the setting sun, and shadows, Najar splits images into their reflections – almost an optical illusion. He also paints figures and still lifes, focusing on very bright colors that are deepened with heavily contrasting shadow.
One can describe his work as “Contemporary Expressionism.” Najar’s paintings are sold worldwide, which have been shown in group exhibits and one-man shows in Israel, the United States, and Canada.
To learn more about David Najar, you can visit the artist’s website.