FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Gilat Ben-Dor, Owner & Artist - Gilat Ben-Dor Media LLC
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, February 4 — Scottsdale artist Gilat Ben-Dor presents a virtual release of her new series of small works featuring pomegranates depicted in mixed media and metallic tones on canvas. The series Pomegranate Tapestry was inspired by Gilat’s fascination with the beauty, form, and rich symbolic meaning of pomegranates, throughout history and in modern times. Each individual work in this series combines Gilat’s colorful, exuberant style with nods to artistic traditions such as Medieval gilding, Renaissance-era celestial themes, and the textured forms of more contemporary Abstract Expressionism.
Pomegranate Tapestry is composed of 12 mixed media canvases measuring 10”x10” each. They are stretched on sturdy wooden stretchers and with detailed, finished sides, are ready to hang, individually or in groupings. Reflecting Gilat Ben-Dor’s love of diverse cultures and languages, the works are titled in various languages, including Italian, French, Latin, Hebrew, Portuguese, and English.
“Working on this series felt like a walk through my art history courses in college,” says Gilat, “And it also took me back to my early childhood in Israel, where pomegranates were everywhere, from gardens to tables. Most of all, I love that in many cultures, pomegranates represent abundance and love!”
Pomegranate Tapestry will be released to the public online February 4, via the artist’s new website, gilatbendor.com, and social media (Instagram: @gilatbendor, Facebook page: Gilat Ben-Dor Fine Art).
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Gilat Ben-Dor is a contemporary artist based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her colorful work reflects her life philosophy of passion, autonomy and joyful living. Artistically, Ben-Dor’s focus is on rich color, luxe embellishments, and themes including women, music, society, culture, and the Arts, as well as symbols of nature. She works primarily in watercolor and ink, hand-painted silk, and high-texture mixed media canvases, as well as painting with unusual materials such as prickly pear nectar and wine.
Ben-Dor obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fine Art at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and studied fresco painting at L'Istituto Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy. She has also lived and studied art in Japan and Israel. Her works have been exhibited and collected internationally, most recently at Postales Desde El Limbo in Zaragoza, Spain.
Ben-Dor has authored three books about celebrating multiple passions, and in addition to her studio practice, has worked as a curator, a university faculty member in art and design, a life coach and speaker, and is a 5-time certified wine sommelier.