Shavit was born in the settlement of Zikron Yaacov, through her art she succeeds in conveying her memories and the splendor of the country shew grew up in. Very few artists have been able to depict the incredible color of the Israeli landscape, yet she succeeds in capturing the brilliance of light available in the early dawn of morning. As an Israeli expressionist her paintings stand on the threshold of abstract. But where other Israeli abstractionists have faltered, Shvit resists the convenience. Her work is direct and unmanipulative, the paint accomplished by the drawings it has been built upon, neither covering or hiding the foundation for her art. Using her words, "The story is not important, but the story isthere."
A rich symphony of colors adds deep art to her natural subjects and you can clearly see the desert landscapes or the softness of the Galilee mountain slopes. The feeling that captivates the audience is total, the way German artists of the early 20th century painted. You can see the influence of Kandinsky and Brach in the totalized Israeli landscape. She does her sketches out in the field, but the majority of the work is done in her studio. The result is creative art that is not anchored to a specific place and conveys the freedom of the artist: simple, original, and beautifully colored; creating a depth of understanding for the landscape she has depicted, rich in color and composition.
That is how the artist Leah Shavit paints and draws.
- 1985- Touch Wood Gallery, Tel Aviv
- 1987- Bat Yam Museum
- 1989- The Zerubabel House, Rishon LeTzion
- 2004- The Moshavim Movement's house, Tel Aviv
- 2005- Rishon LeTzion Winery
- 2006- Zharar Bachar Theater, Jerusalem
- 2008- Dalton Winery
- 2008- Asia House, Tel Aviv