Globally recognized for his vibrant and dramatic use of color and various explorations of drawing, collage, sculpture, and painting, Tal R has been compared to the likes of Matisse and Bonnard. For Tal R, however, medium is secondary to subject matter. Not one to confine himself to a single style, the artist is constantly experimenting with materials and techniques. He has used the word "kolbojnik", meaning leftovers in Hebrew, to… Read more
About the artwork
The two woodcuts Boy on Balcony feature the same central motif and compositional similarities, yet a completely different color palette and execution. Whilst one is dark, hard-edged, and clean cut, the other is light and blurred, buzzing with energy and frantic lines. Tal R is mining the full potential of the woodcut and showcasing his skill at creating very different effects with the same technique. It is almost as if one print shows the boy on the balcony by day, and the other the same figure by night. Each work, however, presents its own fine details and idiosyncrasies.