Nogah Engler was born in Israel in 1970. She lives and works in London.
Engler’s haunting landscapes tread the tenuous path between the idyllic and its dissolution, attempting to simultaneously depict classical beauty and its negation. This paradox is manifested through the representation of pastoral landscapes that are fragmented and torn. To depict this conflicting situation Engler devotes considerable attention to minute details, contrasting them with broad bands of unyielding color. This is also highlighted by the blend of hard-edge geometric versus soft organic shapes and by the side-by-side use of fine ordinary and crude industrial oil paints.
This conflicting perception derives mainly from two sources. One relates to political upheavals and particularly to her family’s experiences. The other source relates to art history, especially to the northern European pastoral landscape painting tradition, as exemplified by Renaissance masters such as Jan Brueghel and Lucas Cranach, as well as to contemporary practice. Her works are also informed by the sensibility and imagery of German Romantic literature and painting, combined with the austerity of functional architecture.
Drawing on nature’s endless cycle of life and decay, as well as the destructive hand of man, her paintings embody the fragility of existence and the ultimate dichotomy of life/death that lies at the heart of the natural order. Although never directly depicted, the human presence is always implied and traces of man’s history are gradually disclosed across the layered strata of the painted field. Her landscape paintings are therefore an attempt to weave through the pastoral by recourse to discontinuous, diverse, and troubled memory fields. Despite their fragmented nature, the paintings nevertheless endeavour to recreate an internal unity.
Since graduating from her MA in Fine Art from Chelsea School of Art in 2004, Nogah Engler showed a solo exhibition at Ritter/Zamet gallery, London. Her works have been included in numerous group exhibitions such as: Enchanted Forest, at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, The Colour of Water, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Wondrous Worlds, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Haifa Museum of Art.
Nogah Engler has been short-listed for the Ill Castellón Painting Prize and the Celeste Painting Prize in 2006.
Lives and works in London
2002-2004 MA Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art, London
1996-1999 Studies of Art and Art Education, Hamidrasha-Kalmania College of Art, Kfar Saba, Israel
1992-1996 History of Art and Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, Israel
2012 Circles of time, Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2009 Tracing Echoes, Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2007 Endless Night and Day, Ritter/Zamet Gallery, London
2005 New works on Paper, Ritter Zamet gallery, London
2003 Julie M. Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 Pizutti Collection, This just in: New Acquisitions, Columbus, Ohio, USA
2015 Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Room, London
2015 The Epoch of space, Changing Perspectives, Haifa museum of art, Israel
2014 On Reflection (with Ori Gersht), Mummery + Schnelle Gallery, London
2013 Reflections of war, 100 years after the start of world war one, Flowers
2013 Momentum, Minotaure Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2010-2011 Looking in Looking out: The Window in Art, The Israel Museum,
2010 The Beholder’s Share – Mummery + Schnelle Gallery, London
2010 The Armory Show, NY, (Noga gallery, Tel-Aviv)
2009 Wondrous Worlds – Five Woman Painters, Tel Aviv Museum of Art – Helena Rubinstein Pavilion
2009 Paperview, John Jones, London
2009 Obsession: Contemporary Art from the Lodeveans Collection, Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, Leeds
2008 Beijing Biennial, curated by Roger Gustafsson, Beijing, China
2008 The Aerials of Sublime Transscapes, Lokaal 01_Breda, Antwerpen
2008 Nowhere is Here, London, Aspex, Portsmouth, The Drawing Room, London, 2008 Fruehsorge contemporary drawings, Berlin
2008 Europe, Europe? The Art Gallery of Kiryat-Tivon Centre, Israel
2007 Wood for the Trees and Falling Leaves, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London
2006 International Castellon Painting Prize Exhibition, Museo de Bellas Artes de Castellan, Castellan
2006 The Disenchanted Forest, Israel Museum, Ticho House, Jerusalem
2006 Territory, The University of the Arts, London
2005 Zoo Art Fair (Ritter/Zamet, London)
2005 Berlin Art Fair, (Noga Gallery, Tel-Aviv)
2005 Young Masters, Art Fortnight, London
2004 Art Cologne, (Ritter/Zamet, London)
2004 Zoo Art Fair (Ritter/Zamet, London)
2004 MA Fine Art degree show, Chelsea School of Art, London
2002 The Colour of Water, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
2001 Julie M Gallery, Tel Aviv Israel
2001 Can Art Be Moving?, The Pyramid Gallery, Haifa, Israel Art Gallery of Ramat Eliaoo, Rishon Lezion, Israel
2001 Beit Riback, Petah Tikva Israel
2000 Art Gallery of Ramat Eliaoo, Rishon Lezion, Israel
Nogah Engler,Upside Down Mountain, Oil on Canvas, 60x50cm, 2007
Nogah Engler, 2012, Belongings 4, oil on board, 60×80 cm