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Jewish Art for the Soul

Mango

August 30, 2013
Oil on Stretched Canvas
Oil on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: The magical ingredients of Shabbat offer a sense of serenity after an often overwhelming work week. Fancy foods are spread about the table such as fruit, challah, and other delicacies. We are elevated to a holy state as we sanctify the materials of Shabbat. My still-life painting represents the beauty of Shabbat—a time for family, friends and Torah study.

Praying in Color

August 28, 2013
Digital
Digital

In the Face of Darkness

August 27, 2013
Acrylic on Canvas
Acrylic on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: As I continue to explore with abstract expression, I look through my collection of screens to see what images I can work with and convey in a different light. Darkness and light is an ongoing and continual struggle on a personal and global level. Every good deed brings more light to the world, no matter how dark it may seem at times.

Tallit

August 26, 2013
Digital
Digital

The Alter Rebbe

August 23, 2013
Charcoal on Art Paper (Art by Sholom Nemtzov)
Charcoal on Art Paper (Art by Sholom Nemtzov)

Artist’s Statement: I want to share this popular pose in a life-size grand scale.

Kaddish

August 22, 2013
Mixed Media (Oil and Acrylic)
Mixed Media (Oil and Acrylic)

Artist’s Statement: Gate, way out, extraction, exteriority, the communication.

Prayers at the Tree of Life

August 21, 2013
Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: I painted "Prayers at the Tree of Life" in honor of Holocaust survivor and artist Irene Lieblich. I think, that at some point in our lives, our prayers turn to a Tree of Life where each branch represents the prayers of a generation.

The Hebrew Letter Daled

August 20, 2013
Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: Gate, way out, extraction, exteriority, the communication.

Bringing Heaven Down to Earth

August 19, 2013 11:02 AM
Acrylic
Acrylic

Artist’s Statement: I only had in my mind the Torah and the Garden of Eden. G‑d guided me to the process which was difficult at times, not because of the technique but on the emotional level. The end result is a beautiful message that it reveals itself in the painting. How do we bring Heaven down to Earth? Only through Torah and our Tzaddikim. Look closely, you’ll see the Tzaddik in the painting.

Willow Tree

August 5, 2013
Oil on Stretched Canvas
Oil on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: I believe G‑d shows Himself in all nature. Who but G‑d could paint the most beautiful abstract skies night after night, each one slightly different from all the previous nights. And so it is with trees. Each one is created unique. My grandmother had a weeping willow tree that I will never forget. A wonderful childhood memory... when I passed this tree it all came back to me. I felt the structure of this tree was so unusual and beautiful. I painted it in oil and when I went back later to visit it after Hurricane Sandy, sadly it was down. I'm so glad I painted it.

Mazal Tov

August 1, 2013
Mixed Media on Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: Most often used when offering congratulations or wishing good luck, Mazal Tov has a deeper message.

Mazal means an “alignment of stars.” Each of us is born under an astrological field. Mazal determines personality, circumstances and potential . . . our destiny. The Jewish people believe that we have the ability to transcend our destiny, as referenced in the Torah, when G‑d lifted Abraham above the stars.

Mazal also means a “drip from above.” Our tradition sees our mazal as the influence of the stars trickling down on us. The mystics believe that our soul, our mazal, shines like a brilliant star from above, with only one ray inhabiting our bodies.

In this visual expression, the top of the painting shows the heavens filled with shining stars trickling downward. The main orb, symbolizing our soul, emits an orange ray into the largest circle, representing our physical body. Destiny is represented by the silver bar traveling through the stars; the upward movement expresses the concept of transcending one’s destiny. The juxtaposition of the up and down movements is a key element of the design.

When we offer a “Mazal Tov,” we evoke the energy of the cosmic field to channel blessings. When heaven and earth meet and blessings abound, our destinies can be transcended.

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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