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Diary 9967
Oil on Canvas : 50 x 120 inches ( 127 x 305 cm)
Inventory # 16351

signed "Y.Chaki" (lower left)

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Yehouda Chaki

Yehouda Chaki was born in Athens in 1938, lived in Tel Aviv from 1945 until 1960, and then emigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1962 where he continues to live and work.  From 1967 until 1989, Chaki was head of Painting and Drawing, Department of Fine Arts, at the Saidye Bronfman Centre.  Presently, he still acts as an artistic advisor for the centre.

Chaki was educated both in Tel Aviv and at the École des Beaux Arts, Paris.  He began exhibiting in group exhibitions in 1959, and solo exhibitions in 1962.  Chaki is represented in collections around the world, and the subject of "Chaki: A Language of Passion", published by Buschlen Mowatt Fine Arts, Vancouver, 1994.  

The essence of Chaki’s work has been described as a collision of the outside world with the artist’s innermost visceral perceptions.  His most recent work: landscapes and still-life’s, are created by selecting and assembling commonly known elements of nature so as to present us with a newly ordered vision of the world.  Although no element in his artworks can be traced to actual places and plants, he presents us with a believable reality yet entirely of his own making.  The essence of the painting is to be found in their execution.  Shapes are defined by forceful lines or clashes of colour, distance is conveyed by subtle shadings contrasting with brutal overlaps, light and mood proceed from chromatic interplays laced with telling brushwork.

Emotion and reason coexist and complement each other in these works.  Reason being the product of Chaki’s extraordinary drawing skill, emotion guiding his sense of colour.  When read in depth, a landscape done by Chaki leaves us with substantial intellectual pleasure and vast emotional enrichment.

Excerpts from “Introduction”, “Chaki: A Language of Passion”, by Leo Rosshandler, IAAC.

Selected Public & Private Collections

Aird & Berlis, Toronto
Aldo Group
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Beit Yad leBanim Museum, Holon
Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba (mural)
Bentall 5, Vancouver
Beth Tikvah, Montreal
Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
Calgary Petroleum Club, Calgary
Campbell, Godfrey & Lewtas, Toronto
Canadian Consulate, New York
Canadian Embassy, Argentina
CIL Collection, Montreal
Claridge, Montreal
Coca-Cola Limited, Montreal
Concordia University, Montreal
Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem, Montreal (Tapestry)
Cormark Securities Inc.
Desjardins Ducharme, Montreal
Digital Equipment, Toronto
Eretz Israel Museum, Israel
Fogler, Rubinoff, Toronto
Fort Lauderdale Museum, Florida
Gaz Metropolitain
General Electric, Toronto
Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto
Hotel Intercontinental, Toronto
Husky Oil, Calgary
Hydro Quebec, Montreal
Imperial Oil Limited, Toronto
Jerusalem City Hall, Israel
La Corporation du Groupe La Laurentienne, Monteal
Lavalin Inc, Montreal
Loewen, Ondaatje. McCutcheon, Toronto
Loto-Quebec Collection, Montreal
Montefiore Club, Montreal
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Mouvement Desjardins, Quebec
Murray Axmith, Toronto
Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal
Musee d'Art Juif, Paris
Musee de Toulon, France
Musee de foyer d'Israel, Belgium
Musee du Bas-Saint-Laurent
Museo de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro
National Assembly, Quebec City
Olympia and York
Petrocan, Calgary
Philadelphia Museum
Plutonic Power Corporation
Reitman Collection, Montreal
Rose Museum, Boston
Royal Bank of Canada, Montreal
Royal Bank of Canada, Place Ville-Marie, Montreal (commission)
Security Pacific Bank, Toronto
Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue, Montreal (Tapestry)
Shell Resources, Calgary
SOQUIP, Montreal
SOQUIP, Quebec
The Robert McLauglin Gallery, Ontario
Tory, Tory & Bennington, Toronto
Universite de Montreal, Montreal
University of New Brunswick Museum, Fredericton, New Bruswick

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012   Gallery DeNovo, Sun Valley, ID & Gallery Jones, Vancouver. BC & Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB & Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QB
2011   Chaki: Three Decades, Odon Wagner Contemporary & thereafter at Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, ON
2010   Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC & Four Seasons: JMSB Concordia University, Montreal, QC & GdB, Montreal, QC
2009   Chaki: After the Toba River, Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON  & Gallery De Novo, Sun Valley, ID
2008   Buschlen Mowatt Gallery Vancouver, BC
2007   GdB, Montreal, QC & Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, ON
2006   Buschlen Mowatt Gallery Vancouver, BC &  Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005   McIntosh Gallery, London, ON & Buschlen Mowatt Gallery,Vancouver, BC & UNB Art Center, Fredericton, New Brunswick
2004   GdB, Montreal, QC & Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, ON
2002   Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON
2001   Buschlen Mowatt Gallery,Vancouver, BC & Hart House Gallery, Toronto, ON
2000   Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC & The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
1999   Waddington & Gorce,  Montreal, QC
1998   Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON & Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1997   Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary, AB & Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1996   Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON
1995   Waddington & Gorce, Montreal, QC & Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary, Alberta & Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1994   Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, ON & Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1993   Odon Wagner Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ & Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1992   Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, ON & Waddington & Gorce, Montreal, QC
1991   Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1990   Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, ON & Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, ON & Galerie Madeleine Lacerte, QC & Galerie Barbara Silverberg, (ceramics) Montreal, QC
1989   Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC & Galerie Daniel, Montreal, QC & 88 Robertson Galleries,  Oawa, ON & Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, ON
1987   Galerie Madeleine Lacerte, QC City, QC & Glerie Daniel,Montreal, QC
1986   Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, ON & Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, ON

Selected Group Exhibitions

Chaki has participated in over 450 group exhibitions in galleries across North and South America, Europe and the Middle East SINCE 1959.



1952-1956 Studied under Prof. Joseph Schwartzman, Tel Aviv, Israel
1958-1960 Avni Academy, Tel Aviv, Israel, under Stematsky, Mokadi, Streichman
1960-1963 Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, France under Prof. Bercier