A little bit about myself:
My name is Eyal Tevet, I’m 53 years old and married to Amitai, my spouse for the last eighteen years. Together with Michal, we raise our daughters: Shira (12.5), Mika (9.5) and Talia (6.5).
For the past 28 years I have been working as a landscape designer. Eight years ago, I studied interior design and since then I have been combining interior design and interior design. In addition, I studied animal-assisted therapy out of my great love for animals of all types and sizes.
We live in a two-family house in Moshav Mazor, with a large yard full of animals: a horse, goats, dogs, cats, chickens, pheasants and a jack-wilderness parrot.
I grew up in Petah Tikva in a warm Persian family, son to Aaron and Shoshana, second son of four children. Ofer is my older brother, and Hagit and Inbar are my younger sisters. I grew up in a loving, united family. I have spent my childhood with my many cousins and my family life was full of events and experiences … a kind of a haven.
Today, as a father myself, I make sure to connect my daughters to my nieces and my other extended family… to give them from the “haven” I grew up in.
About my art:
At a young age, I began to paint with the encouragement and support of my late mother. For years to come, every piece I signed, and there are quite a few, she framed and said it was her own creation.
Painting is my tool of expression to the world. Through it, I convey my messages and perception of reality. In addition, creating is also a tool of meditation for me, as I paint I give myself in to the process and manage to leave the whole world outside … My painting is an expression of my feelings and not a pre-calculated decision…
I have been painting for over twenty years, during leisure time, at my home, in nature or at the Petach Tikva Art Institute, as part of a group of twelve artists. Once a week we meet for a few hours at the Yad Labanim Museum in Petah Tikva and draw. Each Artist with its own unique style. The works receive relevant and constructive criticism, both from our mentor, artist Yossi Mark and the other participants. Over the years, we have become closer, like a family. As such, we also meet outside of the painting hours.
In my works, I usually use many layers of oil in order to create a kind of 3D sculptural painting. The materials I paint on are usually collected on the streets and are mostly recyclable: Doors and plates of tin or wood that have been thrown away. When I choose the appropriate plates, I can usually already imagine the object I’m going to draw on it.
About the “Abandoned” exhibition:
Throughout my years as an artist, I have been influenced by many artists such as Lucian Freud, Antonio Lopez Garcia and Francis Bacon.
The subject of the third age always touched my heart, whether it’s because I was very attached to my two grandmothers: Grandma Mones with her love, warmth, humor and smiles, and Grandma Masuda, who taught me to think like an adult, or whether because of my difficulty seeing our rejection as a society from our elders.
Seeing how hard it is for the elders in our society and how the leadership in Israel cumbersomes and makes it difficult for the elderly to live their daily lives frustrates me to this day.
In my works, it was important for me to show the beauty in the faces of the elders, the richness of the experiences they gathered throughout the years, the signs of life in each and every one, and nonetheless, show how difficult it is for us as a society to see it. For that, I choose consumables materials left on the street and I have placed the characters on detached places upon the plates.