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My Story

The Sinai desert was my personal exodus. A year after coming to live in Israel, I escaped to the arid and rock-sharp shores of the desert peninsula. It was August, the hottest month, and I was searching for a revelation. Well, there came no fire from any mountain, and no divine voice. There was just the intense heat, the vast mountainous landscape, the dry breath of the desert, and the most immense ancient silence.

In that burning land, I felt a calling back to art. From within came an intuition which slowly became an intention, and soon, back on my small balcony in Tel Aviv, I began painting. Trying to define what it was that I had been looking for in Sinai, I wanted to depict the search, the seeker, and the sought. Deserts emerged on my canvases, and their surreal mountains were peopled with tiny Biblical figures engaged in a mysterious never-ending spiritual quest.

Art has always had a strong basis in the world of the spirit. The place from which the creative drive originates is deep within. It is that which the mystics call the One Source from which everything unfolds.

My art is Bible/Torahthemed because that is what always unfolds when I begin to paint or sculpt in a spontaneous, unplanned way. Living in Israel, so close to our ancient heritage, and with Sinai so ingrained in my personal story, I can’t imagine any theme as engaging or as universally relevant as this. My hope is that the work resonates similarly with you!

Art CV

Exhibitions

2017                            Galeria Al-Ha’Agam , Raanana (group exhibition)

2016                            Summer Exhibition, Association of British Naive Artists.

2014                            Songs of the BibleGroup exhibition, Israel Association of Illustrators.

2012                            Solo exhibition, Center for Conservative Judaism, Jerusalem.

2011                            Solo exhibition as Judaica artist, Brodt Center for Jewish Culture, Tel-Aviv.

2010                            Solo exhibition as Judaica artist, Hod VeHadar synagogue, Kfar Saba.

2008                            Group exhibition “Expo 2008” in the Jerusalem Theater.

2007                            The Sunshine Monkeys – a cartoon fantasy, Solo exhibition, Tel-Aviv.

2005                            “Open House” exhibition as Judaica artist, Municipality of Ra’anana, Israel.

2004                            Group exhibition, Elizabeth Gallery, Ra’anana, Israel.

2003                            Solo exhibition, Oklahoma Restaurant, Herzlia Pituach, Israel.

2001                            Group exhibition, Ben Uri Gallery, London, UK.

 

Books illustrated

2016           Children’s Bible (Parts 4 & 5 – Bamidbar and Devarim), Ariella Books.

2015           Children’s Bible (Part 3 – Vayikra), by Bruno Landthaler and Hanna Liss, Ariella Books.

2014           Children’s Bible (Part 2 – Shemot), by Bruno Landthaler and Hanna Liss, Ariella Books.

2014            Children’s Bible (Part 1 Bereishit), by Bruno Landthaler and Hanna Liss, Ariella Books.

2010            Three Men in a Boat, by Jerome K. Jerome (adaptation), ELT Publishing

2009            A Foreigner in Australia, by Fiona Smith, ELT Publishing

2005            A Sense of Danger, by Tracy Simmonds, ELT Publishing

2003            Sanouk and the Elephant, by Maureen Reynolds, ELT Publishing

2003            A Foreigner in New York, by Ramon Ybarra Rubio, ELT Publishing

2002            A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, by Mark Twain, ELT Publishing

2001            Danger at Shark Rock, by Pauline Francis, ELT Publishing

2001            A Foreigner in Britain, by Ramon Ybarra Rubio, ELT Publishing

1983            Modern Jewish History, by Robin Spiro, (unpublished project)

1982            Quy’s Journey, by Louise Morris – privately published – English language reader for Vietnamese refugees.

 

Newspaper Cartoons and Illustrations

1995-97 The Jerusalem Post and The Jerusalem Report – illustrations and political cartoons

1993 The Independent and The Daily Telegraph – political leader-page cartoons, with Peter Waddington (writer)

 

Our succah. Over two or three years I collected various street-found IKEA parts and with these, made a modular succah which can be stored away and rebuilt every year. A succah is a symbolic hut, set up for a week each year at the festival of Succot (Tabernacles). It represents the People of Israel’s sojourn in the desert (and the transition from slavery to freedom), as well as the impermanence of life, the concept of divine protection, and many other meanings.

Videos made last year by my son, Ariel (then aged 10)