Zohar is a classically-trained artist whose
career was defined by a commitment to figurative painting that withstood the influences of the 20th century. He was born in Kazakhstan in 1945 and grew up in northern Israel. He has lived and worked in London since 1987.
For the past forty years Zohar has consolidated an international reputation, becoming one of the foremost artists within the field of portraiture, and his career has generated a great many invitations from both official and private collections.
Zohar’s paintings appear to announce a strong alliance of old masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Velazquez. He got inspiration from these artists and his works are unique and fascinating.
He was commissioned to paint
*The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, a group portrait for the High Court of Justice
* Richard Hambro, CEO Hambro banking dynasty
* The Lord Mayor of Belfast - Lord Browne
* Barclay Brothers - owners of Daily Telegraph, Claridges, Connaught Hotel and the Berkeley hotel in London
* Princess Diana.
Commissioned by the 13th/18th Regiment of the Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own)
"As a result of the successful exhibition at the Roy Miles Gallery in 1989, I was invited to paint a formal portrait of Diana, the Princess of Wales. I met the Princess at Kensington Palace on the 1st of May, 1990. It was a very difficult time for the Princess, but from the beginning she and I found a lot in common in the subjects of art, life, and children. We spent a pleasant time together laughing and joking, and Diana was looking forward with great anticipation to see the resulting work. The painting was made to hang at the headquarters of the Royal Hussars among the portraits by the greatest artists in European history. The idea was to create a classical portrait in the same spirit. When Diana saw the painting, she was moved to tears. I heard, in great shock and horror, about her tragic death several years later. The memory of her kindness, warmth, and sympathy remains with me."
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