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Contemporary naive Israeli art: Israeli naive art: A boy, a prince, a minstrel, plays his flute on the shores of the desert sea, the Red Sea, while fish swim in colourful coral, a dolphin glides past, and the prince's small boat floats on the crystal-clear water.

A Sea Song

(Israeli naive art)

Acrylic on canvas, 36cm x 36cm (14″ x 14″)

Price: $375

 

This piece of current Israeli naive art shows a boy, who is a prince, a poet and a minstrel too, playing his simple wooden flute by the shores of a desert sea – the Red Sea. Behind him, his boat is floating above colourful fish in a turquoise-blue sea. A dolphin dives gently by, while in the background a crescent moon can be seen above the desert mountains. I made this painting shortly after a weekend in Eilat this summer, where we swam near dolphins, and I reread The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. Actually, the first time I read this book was many years ago, and I didn’t like it at all. This time, however, I found it more appealing, and then this boy prince appeared on my canvas. He certainly seems to know where his destiny lies, and his music is, I think, summoning us to follow our own.