When art and philosophy meet…

Following two pretty intense years of back-to-back exhibitions, it is both exhilarating and scary to have unlimited time to simply create. I have folders full of ideas, so many in fact that my life will run out far sooner than the ideas will! I have been working on some small-scale ceramic sculptures but the painting studio has really been calling to me. So I decided to take up a very small canvas (always a good way to break the ice) and I began painting a beautiful skyscape of majestic, glorious clouds backlit by the sun. I could not get away from the thought that such scenes have always inspired Man to seek spiritual answers to explain the meaning of our world and our purpose in it. Yet as I read the daily news barrage of violence and death I am often so distraught that I lose all faith in mankind and the very notion of the existence of a “higher power” and that is how the diptych Vacancy came about…

Vacancy

Gas station paintings hit the road!

Umbilicus Americanus I and II  were created  following a return visit to the United States in 2002 (I had been living in Israel for many years). We stopped at a gas station in Pennsylvania and the mundane scene seemed suddenly quite foreign to me after years of Middle Eastern landscape. I was struck by the size of the people, the size of the cars, the sheer size of the gas stations, the largesse of the land and the general feeling of entitlement which its citizens possessed. The scene revealed much about excess, consumerism, the growth of surburbia, supermalls, the infamous American love affair with the automobile and our dependence on foreign oil to keep all this going.

Umbilicus Americanus I

Umbilicus Americanus II

The paintings have been exhibited numerous times in the US and were recently featured on the homepage of  Board of Investment Art . But now, the paintings have found their final home – in the University of Maryland University College’s private art collection. I believe that the paintings belong in an educational institution and I look forward to their inclusion in the upcoming UMUC exhibition of recently acquired works at the new Largo building in December.