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Jewish Art for the Soul

Artist’s Statement: We shall more often admire how the heavens recite the glory of G‑d.

Artist’s Statement: The Tomb of Rachel has been the scene of prayer and pilgrimage for more than three thousand years. Rachel, the beloved wife of the third patriarch, Jacob, died in childbirth on the way to Hebron, returning to his family's home.

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas (36"x24")
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas (36"x24")

Artist’s Statement: Did you see how Chassidim from the old Jewish shtetls traveled to Lubavitch 100 years ago? This image came to me in a dream; now I am sharing it with you.

Artist’s Statement: "Lech Lecha" means "Go for yourself," which is represented by the stairs in my painting. All of life's journyes are part of our quest to uncover our true selves, i.e., the spark of G‑dliness within us.

Mixed media acrylic and ink on stretched canvas
Mixed media acrylic and ink on stretched canvas

Artist’s Statement: Psalm 51 is one of the penitential psalms that King David set to music.

All psalms praise the L-rd. They have remained popular readings throughout the ages because King David's themes were universal. He expressed the burden of humanity in his sacred testimonies.

Psalm 51, one of the most famous psalms, speaks of repentance and recovery. This image is an expression of the desire to have one's words of praise reach Adonai through authentic intention of kavanah.

Oil on Stretched Canvas
Oil on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement:Even when we are on the way to keep our appointment with G‑d, He is greeting us by opening the heavens.

Acrylics, Indian Ink & pencils 50 cm X 35 cm on canvas paper 2013
Acrylics, Indian Ink & pencils 50 cm X 35 cm on canvas paper 2013

Artist’s Statement: The numerical value of the letters in the Hebrew word Simcha—“joy”—is 36. In this painting I depict human positions that express joy, using the forms that those letters allow. I used India ink to facilitate the hand movement, as we see in Chinese art. The result is 36 figures with bones full of joy.

Colored Pencil and Ink on Bristol Board
Colored Pencil and Ink on Bristol Board

Artist’s Statement: The biblical story of Noah's Ark has always been a popular subject in art. There are countless paintings depicting the subject, but the vast majority of them only feature the beginning and end of the story, meaning the pairs of animals marching into the ark, and then the ark sitting on a mountain under a rainbow. But what about the storm itself?

Also, a lot of the images that depict Noah's Ark are in the category children's art, which bothered me, considering that the storm must have been wild, scary, and chaotic. So I wanted to draw a scene depicting the beginning, middle, and end of the story, and on top of that, I wanted it to have no semblance to "children's art."

The mass of circles represents the pairs of animals, the scene surrounding the ark represents the turbulent storm, and the rainbow circle at the top of the image has a dove in it, referencing the end of the story.

Acrylic & relief outliner on canvas
Acrylic & relief outliner on canvas

Artist’s Statement: Symbolic depiction of prayer as a vehicle for spiritual connection between G‑d and Jewish people. A prayer of peace for Israel. Every time I hear this prayer, it hits me right in my heart and ignites my feeling of belief.

Creative works exploring life and Judaism composed by a spectrum of Jewish artists.

"The primary talent of an artist is his ability to step away from the externalities of the thing and, disregarding its outer form, gaze into its innerness and perceive its essence, and to be able to convey this in his painting.This is how an artist can serve his Creator." — The Rebbe


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