The artwork Shabbat, After the Prayer by artist Nirit Takale was selected by Sotheby's Under the Hammer experts in Fresh Paint 9.
Selection committee members were: Desiree Dagmy, Dorit Hakim, Sigal Mordechai, and Michel Pollak.
An excerpt from the committee’s reasons for selecting the winner: "Nirit Takale ties together her family's biography and the struggles of the Jewish-Ethiopian community in Israel, to tell a story through an expressive and moving painting. Her drawings are poetic and symbolic, executed in a precise way using the personal language of color and composition that she had developed".
Sotheby’s CEO Sigal Mordechai: "I am thrilled because for the first time in Fresh Paint's history, the Under the Hammer selected artwork is a painting. We have been, since long, looking forward to the time when the prize would be presented to a painter, and we are enthusiastic about the fact that Nirit Takale was selected to receive it this year".