The Underground Series comprises a growing body of paintings based on covertly shot photographs of underground train passengers. The series grew out of a natural fascination with portraiture and candid photography that accompanied my daily subway commute in New York City. I considered the paintings portals into the simultaneously private and public worlds of the sitters, who I would describe as a "journeying collective of permeable solitudes", but as the paintings began to aggregate in larger numbers I came to see in the work a portrait of something broader and yet more specific: the human being in motion, beneath the surface of the earth.
The Underground Series installed at NordArt 2016, Büdelsdorf, Germany
The Underground Series installed at Gensler Architects, 2015, New York, New York
The Underground Series installed at Artists' Milepost Gallery, 2015, Portland, Oregon
Yotam Zohar presents The Underground Series at Artists' Milepost Gallery, 26 June 2015, Portland, Oregon
Yotam Zohar presents The Underground Series at Azarian McCullough Gallery, 4 March 2015, Sparkill, New York