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"Let There Be Light"

"Let There Be Light"

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"In the beginning G‑d created the heaven and the earth…G‑d's spirit moved on the water's surface… G‑d said 'let there be light' and light came into existence.

The creation of light, as well as the world, is considered to be a continuous process, renewed daily. Every day G‑d is said to open the gates of the east and break open the windows of the heavens, bestowing light to the world and its inhabitants (Shabbat morning prayer). Rays of blue-tinged light, created with strong strokes of a palette knife, create a firm yet transparent channel. The ethereal light breaks through with radiant energy from the watery rakia (vault of heaven). Every day is a new beginning.

Yoram Raanan takes inspiration from living in Israel, where he can fully explore and express his Jewish consciousness. The light, the air, the spirit of the people and the land energize and inspire him. His paintings include modern Jewish expressionism with a wide range of subjects ranging from abstract to landscape, biblical and Judaic.
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