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Colony presents "Africa": an exhibit of artist and musician Dudu Balilti's paintings.
Opens March 19, 2014 at 20:00
My art work is mainly influenced by music. I find my artistic inspiration in rhythm, sound and movement.
In my work I give expression to emotions. In my opinion feelings should be expressed in a spontaneous matter and right on the spot of appearance. My art aspires to show, in a visual way, how my soul and mind see the world. Being influenced by music, motives of musical instruments and rhythm are common in my paintings.
My life as a musician has a strong affect on my art work. The instability of my daily life, insecurities that follow the artistic process and fame that comes and goes in a flash. All these create movement on canvas and the presence and force within my paintings.
I feel my art is important since it reflects everything that happens around us, domestically and globally. Being performed in its spontaneous way it gives a look inside the being of an Israeli artist.
I was born in 1971 in Jerusalem Israel to a family of artist and musicians.
My father made a living as an artist all his life and music was a constant presence in our household.
Growing up like that I instantly and automatically started to create and have an artistic expression mainly through playing the percussion. I started performing music at age 17.
At 18 I joined the army servicing as a producer in the radio station “Galey Tzhal” producing radio shows for soldiers.
After the army, at age 21 I arrived to Berlin and from there continued to London where I have lived for 5 years.
I preformed my music all over the world, cooperating with talented artist such as: Dizzi Gilespey, Kirck Latsey, Jerry Gonzales, the Algerian pianist Moris el-maduni, Alfa Blondy and more.
I have also created and still producing the band Sound of the Ground which specializes in north African music and afro-jazz.
Recently I decided drawing new paintings and publish them all, since than I find myself painting every free moment I have.
My most recent artwork has already been shown in Israel in small galleries and in a local gallery in London.
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