Aviva Uri

was born in Safed in 1922. She took up painting as early as in her adolescence, an activity which her father did not encourage. Despite of that fact, her first art lessons, taught by Moshe Castel, were held in 1943. The two were romantically involved, which ended up being the reason for her termination of her lessons with him. In 1944 she began studying art again, this time with the painter David Hendler who, remained her spouse for the rest of her life. At the beginning of her career, in the 1950s, Uri's drawings were based on landscapes, portraits and sceneries, but even then they were only a basis of her paintings. In the late 1950s, the themes in Uri's paintings changed from figurative to more abstract, while still maintaining a strong formative vibe. The elements in her paintings appear as one layer on top of another, concealing each other. A motif that appears in every stage of Uri's creation is the rectangle. In many of the works, the rectangles refer to "hidden graves" or to "surviving tanks." For Uri, the death in creation and the creation in death are ever more common opposites. Her work revolves around precise compositions which she drew in expressive and complex lines. The lines in her works express strong emotions and agitation, and all the while she remains in full control of line and composition. From the beginning of her career until the late 1960s, most of her paintings were based solely on black and white colors. The black color in her chalk drawings is broad, thick and dark. Toward the end of the 1960s, Uri began using more and more colors influenced by pop art, including the use of oil and acrylic paints on canvas, but continued to work with paper as her main medium. Even when she did use colors, the black chalk would still be the basis in her painting. Aviva Uri was an Israeli painter who was best known for her drawings. The public strongly remembers her as a mysterious figure and one of the most influential creators in the Israeli art world.

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Lot : 38

Aviva Uri
Untitled, silkscreen print on paper, 75X57 cm.…

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$400 - $600

Lot : 539

Aviva Uri
Houses, Charcoal and ink on paper, 35X34…

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1700

Lot : 173

Aviva Uri
Untitled, Panda on paper, 70X54 cm. Signed.…

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3400

Lot : 174

Aviva Uri
Untitled, Charcoal on paper, 47X55 cm. Signed…

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2800

Lot : 175

Aviva Uri
Untitled, Oil and spray on canvas, 60X80…

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4000

Lot : 110

Aviva Uri
Untitled, 1970, Oil and marker on canvas,…

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2600

Lot : 111

Aviva Uri
Untitled, 1968, Oil on canvas, 60X60 cm.…

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4600

Lot : 145

Aviva Uri
Untitled, 1963, Panda and charcoal on paper,…

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1700

Lot : 146

Aviva Uri
Untitled, 1972, Panda and charcoal on paper,…

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2800

Lot : 147

Aviva Uri
Untitled, Panda, marker and charcoal on paper,…

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4600

Lot : 39

Aviva Uri
Untitled, 1984, lithograph on paper, 75X55 cm.…

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400

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Aviva Uri
Sketches, early 1970s, ink on paper, 19X12…

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180

Lot : 483

Aviva Uri
Untitled, Colored pencils on paper, 31X23 cm.…

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900

Lot : 130

Aviva Uri
Untitled, Charcoal on paper, 32X48 cm. Signed.…

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4200

Lot : 131

Aviva Uri
Untitled, 1970's, Charcoal and colored chalks on…

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2400

Lot : 132

Aviva Uri
Untitled (The Dance), Oil pastel and charcoal…

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11000

Lot : 154

Aviva Uri
Untitled, Charcoal, marker and watercolor on paper,…

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1900

Lot : 155

Aviva Uri
Untitled, 1975, Oil on canvas, 81X59.5 cm.…

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6000

Lot : 12

Aviva Uri
Untitled, 1975, Oil pastel on paper, 70X50…

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$2,000 - $3,000

Lot : 351

Aviva Uri
Untitled, charcoal and chalk on paper, 32X42…

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600

Lot : 105

Aviva Uri
X, Panda and charcoal on paper, 35X49…

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$2,000 - $3,000

Lot : 106

Aviva Uri
Untitled, Panda and charcoal on paper, 68X69…

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3000

Lot : 107

Aviva Uri
Memories of the Future, Charcoal and colored…

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3200

Lot : 157

Aviva Uri
Untitled, 1975, Charcoal and colored chalks on…

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3200

Lot : 158

Aviva Uri
Untitled, 1976, Charcoal and panda on paper,…

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1300

Lot : 159

Aviva Uri
Untitled, Panda on paper, 55X45 cm. Signed.

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2400

Lot : 6

Aviva Uri
Self-portrait, charcoal on paper, 30x12 cm. Signed.

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550

Lot : 118

Aviva Uri
Memories of the Future, 1973 Panda and…

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$3,000 - $5,000

Lot : 119

Aviva Uri
Untitled, Oil, ink and mixed media on…

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$12,000 - $16,000

Lot : 140

Aviva Uri
Untitled, 1987, Panda on paper, 150x100 cm.…

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13000

Lot : 151

Aviva Uri
Untitled, Panda and charcoal on paper, 64x49…

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1700

Lot : 152

Aviva Uri
Untitled, Charcoal and colored chalks on paper,…

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2400

Lot : 153

Aviva Uri
Untitled, The 1960s, Panda on paper, 50x59…

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2400

Lot : 409

Aviva Uri
Untitled, 1972, oil and wax crayon on…

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3400

Lot : 464

Aviva Uri
Untitled, Mixed media and collage on cardboard,…

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1600

Lot : 522

Aviva Uri
Sketches, early seventies, A marker on paper,…

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360

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