"On my first visit, I acquired a tiny working oil sketch of a Blue Lamp standing on a pile of cardboard boxes. I left elated and humbled and knew that I would buy more. From her gallery in Tel Aviv, I added to my addiction by purchasing House on the Floor and most recently a beautiful impasto The Alfama Self Portrait.
"Avital's draughtsmanship, her disciplined palette draws on her love of the richness and textures of her Renaissance mentors but honed right back to the sensitive colour tones that her time at The Slade School informs. Her work echoes the teachings of Patrick George, Euan Uglow, Andy Pankhurst.
"Avi Pitchon writes: 'Her use of a relief-like painting technique: the oil paint itself mixes the dried remnants left on the palette with fresh paint, packed and piled onto the canvas until it protrudes from the surface and takes on a relief-like sculptural quality. This features to various degrees in the paintings of flowers, cardboard boxes and self portraits'.
"Fragments of grandeur, peel back the layers, we can't live in yesterday but Avital shows us how yesterday's skins can live in tomorrow."
- Nick Crean