Jonathan Gold (Kibbutz Afek, Israel 1972 - )


Jonathan Gold
Painter and artist, lives and paints in Tel Aviv.
Gold studied art in Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, in Beit-Berl art college, and Art History in Haifa University. Along the years Gold exhibited his works in group and solo exhibitions in gallerys and museums in Israel and all over the world, including CTRL Gallery in Huston, Haswellediger & co in New York, Haifa museum of Art, the Hellena Rubinstein gallery of Tel-Aviv Museum and the Martin Gropius museum in Berlin.
Gold was born and raised in a Kibbutz in northern Israel and living in a communal society has been a great influence on his art, regarding the understanding that everything must exist with relation to its surrounding environment. Most of Gold's work describe relations within a group, or an attempt of the individual to place itself in modern systems of living. There is a conflict in his paintings between the space the characters reside in and their physical body, alongside a formal wandering between the figurative and the abstract that in a certain way represents the tension between the presence of the human actuality in the space and the power structures that surround it.
Gold produces his paint on his own. Since 2010 Gold has been working with wax glue and pigments with a desire to seek after a medium that will replace the traditional oil paint and will enable the examination of the process of depth in the painting. Gold uses cold wax (cera colla), a technique that was used by the ancient Egyptians in Fayum mummy portraits, and that creates a flat, matt painting surface. Gold's painting technique enables a unique colourfulness and texture to the painting. Gold attempts to give a different appearance to the surface of the painting – one that stands in contrast to the materiality of the oil paint that involves working with harmful chemicals – and is characterised with a dry appearance and a prominent pigment.

Work Selection

 Jonathan Gold - Study group

Study group

 Jonathan Gold - Joint decisions

Joint decisions

 Jonathan Gold - Untited


 Jonathan Gold - Two maids

Two maids

 Jonathan Gold - Three maids and pavilion

Three maids and pavilion

 Jonathan Gold - Seminar