Exhibit on display: Thursday, October 24 through Sunday, December 1
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays, 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 24, 5-7 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Thursday, October 31, 7 p.m.
The works exhibited in this one-person exhibition at the Rider University Art Gallery are mural size, unstretched canvases that measure 8ft x 8 ft or 10ft. x 12ft. They hang freely from the gallery walls like large tapestries. Each canvas is composed of colored pencils, crosshatched over an acrylic wash. These images could be characterized as either large drawings or colored pencil paintings.
The world that Daniela Bittman creates is mysterious. It is a world of the mind, that is, all her images depicting people, animals and the still life are totally invented and filled with minute, exquisite detail. It is a representational world of fantasy, ambiguity and absurdity.
Daniela Bittman was born in 1952, in Bucharest, Romania, where she attended N. Tonitza Arts High School. In 1970, she moved to Israel, where she spent two years at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, followed by four years at the Tel Aviv University, where she studied Classics. She has had solo exhibits at the Beyt Levik Gallery, Tel-Aviv, and The Artists’ House, Jerusalem. She came to the United States in 1984, and she has had solo exhibits at the Joy Kreves Gallery in Frenchtown, N.J.; the Anne Reid Gallery at Princeton Day School; at Art Space in New Haven, Conn.; and the Atelier Gallery, Frenchtown, N.J. She also exhibited two large canvases at Ellarslie Museum in Trenton, N.J., as part of the “Artist Chooses Artist” group show.
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