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Jewish Art for the Soul

Time for Passover

March 28, 2014
Ink and Marker on Paper
Ink and Marker on Paper

Artist’s Statement: This work represents the holiday and its meaning. On the bottom left you will see a representation of the afikomen, “hidden” just below the six sections of the Seder plate. The six circles are representative of the Seder plate, and foods found on the Seder plate are written in Hebrew.

In the middle is a clock of sorts. The clock shows when Passover starts—in the first month, Nissan, on the Jewish calendar, and between the third and fourth months on the Gregorian calendar.

Within the Star of David we see a depiction of the Exodus, including the pyramids and the splitting of the sea.

My intention was to depict images from the past with a modern flair, to symbolize that we should always remember the past, and always celebrate this day for generations to come.

Connecting

March 26, 2014

Artist’s Statement: Prayer is powerful and connects us to G‑d far more than we realize.

The Menorah

March 21, 2014
Mixed Media
Mixed Media

Artist’s Statement: The Knesset Menorah is itself a history text, with scenes carved, detailing the history of the Jewish people. In “The Menorah,” cut-up scenes and speech bubbles from Daredevil comics stand in lieu of these stories; the story of this blind superhero who faces continual trials and challenges serves as a parallel to the high and low points of our people’s narrative.

Thirst

March 17, 2014
Acrylic on Canvas & Mixed Media
Acrylic on Canvas & Mixed Media

Artist’s Statement: The piece “Thirst” was born of a question I’d been asking myself: “What constitutes a chassid?”

Common associations are often based on the external characteristics, such as dress and specific forms of observance. I lean towards viewing “chassidic” as being an internal quality that manifests in raw action. In other words, a human might have a chassidic soul, but in appearance seem far from traditional.

There are many answers to this question, but at the core is a passion, a “thirst” to know G‑d. The individual in the painting is reading Torah and praying with a peaceful, yet passionate, demeanor. Though bright colorization is common to my style of art, in this piece it represents the brilliance and the myriad ways one might describe a chassidic soul.

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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