Dov Talpaz: In Conversation

Dov Talpaz, First Fee (from Babel), 2011, oil on canvas, 27 x 25 inches (courtes
Dov Talpaz, First Fee (from Babel), 2011, oil on canvas, 27 x 25 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Jennifer Samet interviews painter Dov Talpaz about his work.

Samet writes: "Dov is a romantic storyteller in his painting – even contemporary life (he paints on the street as well as in the studio), becomes timeless, universal meditations on humanity. The bodies are lyric, lilting forms, equal parts Duccio and Bob Thompson, set in darkly-layered, abstracted landscape grounds."

During the interview Talpaz comments: "It’s that, after you finish [the painting], you know you were there, in that moment. I was that person, walking in that place. I wasn’t lazy. I was connected to something. It’s not about the thing. I don’t think a still life in itself means that much to me. But, as a kid, the experience of trying to draw or paint it meant a lot. It felt the most real of anything I had done. Connecting with the drawing, to what I was looking at, was the one experience I loved."