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Jewish Art for the Soul

Psalms 20, in Blue & Gold

August 29, 2014
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: This is a painting of the full Hebrew text of Psalms 20, decorated with dots. It is in dark blue and light blue on gold with lime green, red-orange, salmon pink and yellow.

Breaking Boundaries

August 27, 2014

Artist’s Statement: I drew the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory with his hands raised, dancing, with a strong look in his eyes. The background includes blurred figures of people dancing, to illustrate the Rebbe's impact on the environment, and to highlight the Rebbe's message - be happy and break though the boundaries that are inhibiting your spiritual growth.

Iyov (Job)

August 25, 2014
Acrylic on Canvas with Wooden Frame
Acrylic on Canvas with Wooden Frame

Artist’s Statement: This painting, completed in 2002, references Iyov (Job) 1–42.

Prayer at the Western Wall

August 22, 2014
Acrylic on Canvas
Acrylic on Canvas

Artist’s Statement: People unite to pray at the Western Wall.

With Gratitude

August 20, 2014

Artist’s Statement: “Even if our mouths were filled with song as the sea [is filled with water], our tongue with melody as the roar of its waves, and our lips with praise as the breadth of the firmament; and our eyes were radiant like the sun and the moon, our hands spread out as the [wings of the] eagles of the sky, and our feet as swift as [those of] the deer—we would still be unable to thank You, L‑rd our G‑d and G‑d of our fathers . . .”—From the Shabbat prayers.

Genesis 5:4-5:14, Gold and Rainbow

August 18, 2014
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: This is the full Hebrew text of Genesis 5:4-14 in gold, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue, violet and maroon.

Morning Prayer. Ruined? Enhanced?

August 15, 2014
Acrylic and Ink on Canvas & Rain
Acrylic and Ink on Canvas & Rain

Artist’s Statement: One of my first pieces, Morning Prayer, originally explored prayer from a pop perspective. Sitting out during an art fair the piece got wet before I could get to it. Thinking it was ruined I put it aside, only to discover a new layer of beauty in the ‘damage’

Leaves

August 13, 2014

Artist’s Statement: This drawing is a tribute to nature. The rabbi walks with his students between the trees in Israel and tells his students to respect them, and not to pluck a leaf without thinking.

Supplication

August 11, 2014

Artist’s Statement: Supplicate: A prayer of request/petition. The action of asking for something humbly.

A recording of Shlomo Carlebach inspired the theme of this piece. In the song, he pleaded, “Please Almighty, sim shalom.” He explained that peace is not something that can ever be held by only one, or a few people, but must be shared by all, or else it does not truly exist. The feeling of this painting was indeed sim shalom – grant peace.

Inspired by Rabbi Carlebach’s song, the passing of Rabbi Zalman Schacter, and the recent events in Israel and Gaza: a prayer for our soldiers.

Blue & Red, Chai

August 6, 2014
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Artist’s Statement: This is a painting of chai in red on a blue background.

Solomon's Temple

August 4, 2014
Acrylic on Canvas with Wooden Frame
Acrylic on Canvas with Wooden Frame

Artist’s Statement: This painting, completed in 2002, references 1 Kings 7:40-50.

Jewish Life

August 1, 2014

Artist’s Statement: From a series of paintings called “Let My People Go.” The Western Wall, a message on the stone.

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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