It is impossible not be moved by Dina Podolsky’s paintings; rich and beautiful, her paintings touch the very core of our being. Born in Moscow in 1953, Dina garnered a solid grounding in painterly techniques, honed on classical, strictly traditional art education. After moving to Israel, she found herself amidst a community, drawn into a discourse on art, and experiencing her vocation from a completely new perspective. Dina was encouraged and inspired, breaking out with her first solo exhibition in 1975. In the 1 980s she moved to Montreal, Canada, where she now lives and works. Dina’s artwork draws from the tradition of the great masters, speaking in a unique visual language that is both contemporary and traditional. Her canvases’ rough and textured surfaces bring to mind ancient murals as if the artist was trying to unearth a memory, scrape it of time’s residue and make it speak again. Rich in texture, her subjects maintain a simplicity that is instantly accessible. Quotidian objects of another area populate Dina’s iconography, moments lost in time, accompanied by notes and dates scribbled across the canvas. There is a pure innocence to her work that brings a warm joy to any onlooker. Dina’s images enter through our eyes directly into our souls, seeping into places we have forgotten and are suddenly, and unexpectedly, made to rediscover.
SEVEN VINTAGE BOTTLES I OIL ON CANVAS I 24 X 48 INCHES