Shay Peled is the artist behind the name Tzuki Art. beautiful creations. Peled's handmade designs combine humor and spirituality. Tzuki's extensive collection includes unique Judaica art and modern pop art sculptures.
A graduate of Tel Aviv University, Ester Shahaf is an accomplished designer of Judaica. Drawing her inspiration from her surroundings, Ester resides and creates in the picturesque town of Binyamina, a town which integrates all the different cultures of our country. Merging the old world Orient and Mediterranean with modern elements, Ester Shahaf creates by means of color and style, bringing to life the exotic heritage that makes this land and people so enchanting. In her work, Ester blends
-My name is Iris Braunstein Shemesh and I was born in Israel in 1970. I am a multicultural jewelry designer whose work shows my continuous search for new cultural inspirations.
It is the wide array of colors and range of different textures and ornaments I employ from floral decorations, to angels and more that make my art truly unique. My original approach is also evident by my coupling of Classical Romantic designs with modern and contemporary fashions. The creation process involves meticulous hand-work and quality control of the highest standards.
Itzik Ben Shalom, the man and the artist, is larger than life, an artistic Israeli with a remarkably gentle disposition.
Born in Hadera, Israel in 1945, Ben Shalom has had no formal art training, but has worked closely with many artists since 1967 when he set up a foundry specializing in the 4000 year old 'Lost Wax' method of casting sculpture.
Ben Shalom's sculpture refers to human emotion. Created in pairs, male and female, the sculptures are often moveable pieces. The juxtaposition expresses the essence of Ben Shalom's statement and his concern with human interaction.
He says of his own work: "The twentieth century artist has to work primarily within the psyche of alienation. The overlay of modern existence which seems to be communicated more by electronic media than anything else, denies basic human emotions ? love, anger, understanding, all are reduced to cipher. I see my work as an attempt to remind people of a more primal form of humanism. In a sense, I see a need to redefine emotion".
Ben Shalom was recently selected from among 2000 sculptors and artists, to create a five meter sculpture, "Lovers", for the lobby of the new Industry House of Israel in Tel Aviv. Another of his monumental works will provide the centre point of the plaza at the University Business Park in Austin, Texas.
His works are to be found in museums and public places as well as corporate and private collections throughout Europe, Israel and North America.
Ben Shalom and his wife Hannas, also an artist in lacework, as well as a designer of fine jewelry, live with their three children in Hadera, Israel.
Shraga Landesman, born in Israel, studied painting and sculpture at the Oranim College of Art, and Tel-Hai College. After extensive travel in Europe and being exposed to the origins of Western culture, he began his studies at Haifa University concentrating on small scale sculptures. Searching for new challenges, Shraga took up some courses in gold and silversmithing. He found a new way of expression in art and craftsmanship. His constant urge for expressing his artistic talent let him to design and creation of ceremonial Judaica.
Shraga's spiritual inspirations are the Bible and the ancient cultures which exist in the region -the world that is disappearing. Shraga states in one of his interviews "I confront this world my way, trying to decode familiar codes from those magical objects that those cultures left behind." From the time he began the art of sculpting, Shraga always worked on small articles, attempting to express something large in small dimensions.
In the process of creating small sculptures, he felt that he could identify with the tribal artists -the artisans that he knew through the magical objects they had left behind. Yet, he felt that he lacked the religious or ritual dimension that the tribal artists possessed. Shraga says: "Once I explored the realm of Judaica design and creations that were close to my roots and tradition, I felt that at last the circle is complete." Shraga's unique creations in Jewish functional and ceremonial objects put him at par with the tribal artists.
Shraga Landesman's creations in functional Judaica are featured in several museums, galleries and fine craft-stores in Israel, Europe and the United States:
Israel Museum - Jerusalem, Israel
Tel-Aviv Museum - Tel-Aviv, Israel
The Jewish Museum - Paris, France
The Jewish Museum - New York City, NY
The Craft Museum - New York City, NY
Domar Artists Ltd. a family owned manufactory in Israel, established 1978, takes pride in offering a wide selection of artistic giftware and Judaica for every occasion and budget.
Using genuine platinum and gold colors, Domar Artists Ltd. transforms modern ceramics into extraordinary works of art.
Domar Artists is known for its uniqueness and is considered a leading producer and exporter of artistic giftware. The superior quality of their products have earned the company high marks in excellence. As a result, many creations have been given as gifts to colleges and business counterparts in private and public sectors.
The manufactory has the ability to produce co-operative gifts with company logos and other individual requests.
At this gallery we present a unique collection of Hanukkah menorahs, plates, vases, mezuzahs, candlesticks with beautiful motifs.
These items are made with hand painted ceramics burned at high temperatures (1170 C) which makes the coloring strong and lasting and afterwards these items are individually decorated with 925 sterling silver.
You will find pieces in different sizes, shapes and decorations such as The Old City of Jerusalem, The Tree of Life, pomegranates, grasses, wheat, fruits, menorah and more. It is easy to combine different pieces to create dazzling sets.
Yossi is a contemporary Israeli artist who fuses artistic styles to create one of a kind works of art. He uses hand painted acrylics in combination with different metals, wood, silver, and gold to create vibrant and richly colorful Judaica and jewelry. Yossi began creating art in Jerusalem in 1990 as a student, and currently creates and works in Tel Aviv.
The sphere where theater couples with the plastic arts has always held a special wonder for Johanan Herson and is reflected in his paintings ×’Â€Â“ in composition, movement, color and spontaneity ×’Â€Â“ in both people play an important role ×’Â€Â“ their moods and their looks; their clothes and their smells; and whether they are alone, in couples or in groups. The pluralistic and humanitarian beliefs Herson lives by are evident in his paintings where endless images of people, states of being and interactions are witness to his optimism and love of mankind.
Born in 1950 in Montreal Canada, Johanan Herson was initiated into art at an early age. At the age of eight he won a prestigious award for children×’Â€Â™s art, and was marked as a promising talent. Besides art he studied movement and ballet.
He has worked extensively as an actor from the age of 12 appearing on stage, and performing a leading role in a television soap opera for five consecutive seasons. He has also appeared in feature and fact films, television dramas, as well at theatre.
In 1967, he arrived in Israel to study at the ×’Â€Â˜Bezal×’Â€Â™el Art Academy×’Â€Â™ in Jerusalem, and then continued studies in ×’Â€Â˜Fine Arts×’Â€Â™ at Concordia University, Montreal majoring in Drama.
Over the past two decades Herson has also worked extensively painting in ×’Â€Â˜Soft Art×’Â€Â™, a technique he mastered while working with Calman Shemi, a pioneer in this unusual art media. Subsequently, Herson began designing tufted wool and mixed media tapestries. Many of his larger pieces were commissioned by various public and private institutions,: the ×’Â€Â˜Tel Aviv University×’Â€Â™ and the ×’Â€Â˜Jerusalem Journalist Hall×’Â€Â™ , Bank Mizrachi (37 b ranches), Savionei Hagan Tel Aviv, Africa ×’Â€Â“Israel Ramat Gan Theatre. Conservatory Or Yehuda, Diamond Centre, Tel Aviv.
Johanan is represented in many fine art galleries in Europe and North America and is successfully defining his unique voice intern
Born in 1970 I n Penza, Russia.
Graduated from the Penza Art Studio.
1990 Graduated from the Penza Art College named after Savitsky.
1992 Member at the UNESCO International Artists' Federation.
Immigrated to Israel in 2004 and residence at Kibbuz Manara.
Selected Exhibitions / Expositions:
1990 Anciel Gallery, Moscow, Russi
1991 Mars Gallery, Moscow
1992 Forma Gallery, Moscow
1993 Bozhinsky Gallery, the central Artists' House, Moscow
1994 Ermolova Theatre, Moscow
1995 Bagira Gallery, Moscow
1995 Savitsky Art Gallery, Penza
1996-2005 Annual exhibition at Hotel des Ventes, Angulem, France
1999-2001 Annual exhibition at Hotel Drouor, Paris, France
2000-2006 Hotel des Ventes, Ramboville, France
2000, 2002, 2005 Sulbao XXI, Bilba, Spain
2004 Niagra Gallery, Ontario, Canada
2006 Dilon Gallery, Old Jaffa, Israel
Born- 1932 in Tel-Aviv. Graduate of St. Martin's School of Art, University of London. in 1954 Studied with the sculptor Rudi Lehmann.
Kadishman is an artist of great power who possesses the rare gift of a unified response, both aesthetic and moral, to the historical world. The realities of this historical experience of Israel have surrounded Kadishman, as a man and as an artist, since his birth. But it is his interweaving of life and art, and his ability to see the universal human meaning within particularities of circumstance, that have made Kadishman an exemplary figure for Israel and for the world at large.
In his youth, between 1950 and 1953, Kadishman worked as a shepherd in Kibbutz Ma'ayan Baruch and Kvuzat Yizre'el. This experience with nature, sheep and shepherding had a significant impact on his later artistic work. The first major appearance of sheep in his work was in the 1978 Venice Biennale, where he presented a flock of colored live sheep as living art. In 1995, he began painting portraits of sheep. These instantly-recognizable sheep portraits soon became his artistic trademark.
Selected solo exhibitions:
1965 Kadishman- Sculptures, Grosvenor Gallery, London
1967 Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto
1968 Goldberg Gallery, Edinburgh
1970 The Forest , Jewish Museum, New York
1975 Canvas Forest, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1975 Menashe Kadishman : Glass, Julie M. Gallery, Tel Aviv
1977 Unicorn Gallery, Copenhagen
1979 The Kadishman Connection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
1981 Kadishman : Paintings 1979-1981, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel
1981 The Yellow Sheep and the Metal Grove 1956-81, University of Haifa
Art Gallery, Israel
1982 International Art Fair, Basel
1983 Mulenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania
1983 International Art Fair, Chicago (by the Goldman Gallery)
1984 Gallerie Fabien Boulakia, Paris
1985 Sacrifice of Isaac, Jewish Museum, New York
1985 Sacrifice of Isaac, 18th Biennale of Sao Paulo.
1985 P.B.Van Voorst Van Beest Gallery, The Hague, Holland
1986 Corstitius, Delta Gallery, Rotterdam, Holland
1987 Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
1987 Myth transformed, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel
1988 Menashe Kadishman Paintings, Lehigh University Art Galleries,
1988 Menashe Kadishman, Opferung Isaaks, Kammermusiksaal, Berlin
1989 Gallery Heyram-Semler, Paris
1990 Menashe Kadishman- Small Sculpture, Nohra Haime Gallery,
1990 Birth and Other Sculptures- 1988-1990, The Israel Museum,
1992 Sculpture and Drawings, Annely Juda Fine Art, London
1993 Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf, Germany
1994 Faret Tachikawa Art Project, Art Front Gallery, Tokyo (Curator: Fram
1994 Floor sculpture - Antin Square, The Genia Schreiber University Art
Gallery, Tel Aviv
1995 Menashe Kadishman Drawings and Sculptures, Artists House,
1995 Kadishman in Galilee, the Art Gallery, Cabri, Lochamei Hagetaot
1996 Art Front Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
1997 Shalechet, Julie M. Gallery, Tel Aviv
1997 The Herd, National Art Gallery, Beijing, China
1998 Shalechet, Gallery Art Affairs, Amsterdam
1998 The Herd, Guan Shanyue Museum of Art, Shenzen, China
1998 The Herd, National Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
1999 Sculpture 'Der Kuss', Strasse der Sculpturen Paris-Moskau,
Skulpturenweg Salzgitter-Bad & Braunschwig Cloister, Germany
1999 Painting Peace For 'The Sons of Abraham', Givatayim Theatre, Israel
2000 The Flock, Vleeshal, Frans Halmuseum, Haarlem, Holland.
2000 Avraham Binder - Menashe Kadishman Homage to the artist -
Artists House, Tel Aviv
2001 Sculpture, The Family Plaza, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
2002 Permanent installation- Shalechet, Jewish Museum, Berlin
2002 Julie M. Gallery, Tel Aviv
2006 Manashe Kadishman, the Tel Aviv Museum, Israel
2006 Prints, the Genia Schreiber University Gallery, Tel Aviv
2006 Draw Me a Sheep, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel
2006 Sculptures, the Office Gallery, Tel Aviv
2007 New Work, Julie M. Gallery, Tel Aviv
Selected group exhibitions of Menashe Kadishman:
1960 Young Contemporaries, London
1962 Irish Living Art Exhibition, Dublin
1963 Hamilton Painters & sculptures, Hamilton Gallery, London
1964 Open- Air Exhibition, Kenwood House, London
1965 Fifty Years of Sculpture, Grosvenor Gallery, London
1966 Autumn Salon, Tel Aviv Museum
1967 International Sculpture Symposium, Toronto
1968 Docimenta 4, Kassel, Germany
1971 Graphics Biennale, Skopje, Yugoslavia
1972 International Graphic Pavilion, Venice Bienale
1972 From Landscape to Abstraction, from Abstraction to Nature- Israel
1974 Beyond Drawing, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1977 Israeli Artists, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek
1981 Young Art from Israel, Henie- Onstad Kunstsenter, Hoevikodden
1983 Storm King Art Center, New- York
1984 Here & Now, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1985 Two Years- Qualities Accumulated, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion,
Tel-Aviv Museum, Israel
1985 Givon Gallery, Tel-Aviv
1985 18th Biennale, Sao- Paolo
My name is Gila. I am an Israeli artist and a designer. I live and breathe art, design and paintings.
Painting is a tremendous love of mine, and has a central and significant role in my life.
My studio is always active, my paintings in various large formats, on canvas, that provide solutions to create rich and interesting space.
I combine various techniques, paintings, paints a colorful and happy atmosphere ,creates a special atmosphere for drawing its own story.
I combine color and textures using a variety of techniques, including freestyle. My work includes views of Tel Aviv, where I grew up by the beach, Zfat, Jerusalem and scenes of the land of Israel.
The new collection of bright colors, clean and cheerful, which I am presenting is full of Israeli summer colors, optimism, and Happiness .
Currently my art is sold in selected Galleries and from there they journey into the Diaspora.
Baruch Nachshon was born in Mandatory Palestine in 1939, in the city of Haifa. Nachshon began to paint in early childhood, and developed his relationship to art and to artists throughout his youth. During his military service Nachshon herded flocks for the IDF, an experience that imbued in him a love and appreciation for nature which figures prominently in his work until today. Upon completing his military service the young artist was torn between the temptation to travel to Paris, then the cultural center of the art world, and his deep love of the land of Israel, the spiritual center of the Jewish world. Opting to stay in Israel, Nachshon studied under Shlomo Nerani, Cezanne's only pupil, with whom he had enjoyed a deep friendship extending back to his childhood. Nachshon, whom Nerani viewed as his spiritual heir, was the only one of his students allowed to see the master at work.
Nachshon's lifelong involvement in Lubavitch Hassidut began in his early adulthood, when he was drawn to the movement by its uniquely beautiful traditional melodies. In 1965 Nachshon was invited to an unprecedented three- hour private session with the Rebbe of Lubavitch, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, in New York. The young artist used the opportunity to share his concerns and misgivings about the role of the Jewish artist and the many inherent conflicts which confronted him. The Rebbe blessed Nachshon with the advice that for many generations the art of painting had failed to find its ultimate rectification in holiness, but that with the help of God he might come to bring about that long anticipated rectification. The Rebbe then offered to fund Nachshon's studies in New York on the condition that he would find a program of study acceptable to Jewish religious values. Despite the difficulty inherent in such a task, Nachshon gladly received the Rebbe's offer and devoted himself fully to the celebration of the wisdom of the Creator through visual art.
In 1967 Nachshon and his wife Sara, along with six other families renewed the Jewish presence in Hebron for the first time since the city's Jewish residents were massacred by Arabs in 1929. To underscore the significance of Jewish culture to the city, Nacshon opened a gallery of his art beside the Tomb of the Patriarchs. During this period Nachshon also used to visit the houses of Hebron's Arab residents in order to paint the city from unique angles. On one of his regular visits to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Nachshon met an elderly Breslov Hassid. The hassid urged him to recite Psalms every night for forty days, and assured him that if he did so he would merit profound revelation. Nachshon did so, and as soon as the forty days had passed he saw the heavens open, receiving visions that would charge his art forever. Since that first time, Nachshon has seen the heavens open many times and, indeed, the opening of the heavens is a recurring motif in his work. According to Nachshon, "the open sky means going beyond what is reality, seeing through."
Nachshon's art covers a wide range of thematic material through equally diverse stylistic approaches, all of which are uniquely his own. He paints in order to define and to emphasize the presence of the active Divine Will in creation, and in order to inspire himself and others. Nachshon paints what he sees through the eyes of an inspired painter, communicating those visions to the world. Each of his paintings can be studied in the manner of a sacred text, providing numerous and vivid insights into the workings of creation and the promises held for the future. Many of his paintings describe visions of the future, of the world after its final redemption, of a world where all is peace and joy and where the revelation of divine beneficence is clear to all. Until that time, Nachshon's paintings offer a glimpse of what could be, of what ought to be and of what will be when the work of humanity has reached its successful comp
Marina Zlochin metal cuts have their origins in and are developed from the world of graphics and illustration, her specialist field for many years.
Metal cutting as an artistic medium has transformed illustration into three-dimensional work with volume and depth, similar to sculpture, expanding and enriching possibilities of artistic expression within the medium.
Marina Zlochin prints her illustrations onto metal cuts using a lively, broad-ranging color palette, intricately decorated with spirals and unique designs. Her chosen subject matter is rich and varied, including everyday scenarios in the lives of women ×’Â€Â“ caf?Â© meetings and the shopping culture. Her ×’Â€ÂœWishing Tree×’Â€Â incorporates elements from Judaism, to which she imparts a new, fresh look while still acknowledging their original function. For example, a ×’Â€ÂœHamsa×’Â€Â or a series of Hannukiot whose base is formed by palm tree branches, a small girl may swinging from them or a mother hanging out laundry on them, while a little boy flies a kite, birds build nests and a beautiful hoopoe alights above.
Marina×’Â€Â™s works deliver a strong and direct message concisely, with harmony and colorful balance, quoting from na?â€¾ve and sometimes grotesque artistic techniques. They are highly professional, bright and extravagant and are filled with vitality and a positive outlook.×’Â€Â
Step inside the fantastic
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Inspired by both spiritual elements and contemporary concepts, Shirley Lev combines high-tech techniques with traditional silversmithing. In her current collection she presents images of the landscape of Israel thus creating a window to the sights and essence of the country.
Aluma Sade , is considered one of the rising stars in the art world..
Aluma was born in Safed. She studied art and design. She has made Safed her home, both living and working in the Old City. Her interest in art began as a young girl, influenced by the magic of Safed. Today, her artwork is an expression of her way of life.
Aluma incorporates a wide variety of techniques in her works, including water colors, acrylics, oils . She paints in a classic decorative style and in free form expression.
Aluma invests enormous energy on her designs ensuring that each piece is created with purpose and meaning. Today Aluma's work can be found in many private collections and public institutions around the world.
Ruth Bloch was born in Israel in 1951 to artist parents. Her father was a musician, while her mother worked in ceramics, Ruth's family were members of a Kibbutz called Alonim, a place where childhood and early youth afforded her many opportunities to develop her artistic talents. Reaching adulthood, Ruth attended the Avny Art Institute in Tel Aviv, and took additional studies in psychology in the United States.
Currently Ruth Bloch lives and sculpts in Israel. Her work exhibits a great depth of feeling for the human figure, revealing the living unity of her masculine and feminine forces. Her works are exhibited all over the world.
Shimon Zrihan, born 1956, was raised in the Northern city of Zefat in Israel.
He was inspired by the works of the sculptors and artists in the 60â€™s and 70â€™s
Over the years, he acquired his education in the arts at the Abba Hushi Art Institute in Haifa, later returning to Zefat to teach sculpture for five years. ist.
Shimon is a member of the Israeli Artists Association and the Zefat Artists Association. Many of his works are displayed in the Zefat General Exhibition and Museum and throughout the country in various shows and exhibitions. Most of the pieces are in bronze or sculpted in wood.
Shimon Zrihanâ€™s guiding principle is to combine all styles; surreal, cubist and realistic â€“ all of which may be perceived in any single sculpture. His unique and wonderful pieces are all the figment of his imagination and are expressed in a clean and meaningful style.
Shimon lives in Zefat with his wife Dorit and their five children.
Isaac Kahn was born in Lithuania in 1950. He began his studies in 1966 at The Art Institute â€œDr. Israel Goldsteinâ€ in Jerusalem, where he received his degree in sculpture and painting. During this time he took advantage of painting courses at the Bezalel Art School. In 1974, Isaac moved to Montevideo, Uruguay, to attend the University of Plastic Arts, where he specialized in sculpture. There he worked with a group of sculptors and made both the seal of arms of Uruguay and a Diorama, now on display at the Cours of Justice in Montevideo. In Isaacâ€™s paintings, he attempts to make it appear three-dimensional by presenting his figures to us in multiple viewpoints, seen from different angles and diverse perspectives. His approach to the human figure is portrayed through the redefinition of pictorial space, the reduction of the human anatomy to geometric form and the abandonment of the bodyâ€™s normal proportions. What he seems to do is organize his perceptions and recompose them into a figurative sequence in which he has concentrated the highest degree of visual unity and a moment of multiple view points.
Nicky Imber was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1920. During the 30's, he was an accomplished Vaudeville dancer. He studied at the Academy of Arts in Vienna and was well-known for the many caricatures of Nazis that he drew for the Jewish student publications. In 1930, his attempts to leave Vienna for China (the only country then willing to accept Jews) were continually foiled by Eichmann. However, Nicky's mother was able to escape to Shanghai. In 1940, at the 'Anschluss', he was sent to Dachau. After escaping from Dachau, Nicky was a key figure in the 'Patria' incident, after which he was sent to and imprisoned on Mauritius. He subsequently escaped, helping six members of 'Menachem Begin's Etzel' underground organization, including Meridar, who later became a Minister of the Israeli Parliament.
In 1943, Nicky joined the British Army serving as a war artist and a dental assistant in East Africa. He proceeded to work for the British Intelligence. Following the war, he opened an art school in Nairobi, Kenya. During this time he worked as a photographer and as a safari guide. From 1949 to 1954, Nicky traveled and exhibited extensively in the United States, although he resided in Venezuela. There he was contracted to do an East African Diorama series of which the National Museum added an entire wing to display it. In 1959, The State of Israel invited Nicky to create sculptures and dioramas for the Haifa Prehistoric Museum at Gan Ha-Em. In 1960 he returned to Venezuela to do the Phelps series of Dioramas for the Museum in Caracas, and became a well-known television personality.
By this time Nicky's repute thrived By this time Nicky's repute thrived and soon to be one of the foremost experts in Anthropology, specializing in the building of Habitat groups in Museums of natural history worldwide. He was no stranger to Israel, since he had already been here many times, having done several exhibitions including the Exhibition of Agriculture at Beit-Dagan in 1951. After traveling extensively around Europe and establishing an international name for himself, he returned to New York. In New-York he became famous for his outstanding, realistic and emotional oil paintings when he did portraits of such famous personalities as: Aga Khan, Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Sir Richard Burton and Simon Bolivar. In 1972, he was widely acclaimed for his work in Italy, culminating in an exhibition at the Academy of Sculpture in Torino. In 1973 and 1974, his work for the Dade County Museum of Science in Miami, Florida, entitled "The History of the Seminole Indians", received extensive praises.
Returning to Venezuela in 1976 , Nicky created and constructed in cement the huge sculptures of Prehistoric animals forming the world's largest historical animal park. During this period he also did exceptional, purely realistic sculptures of Venezuela's most famous figures for the National Hall of Fame. In 1978 Nicky was finally able to fulfill his long-time dream to perpetuate the Holocaust, and through 1981 he designed and built a memorial park in the entrance to the Carmiel town in the Galilee, entitled 'From Holocaust to Resurrection'. Nicky also donated children's animal theme playgrounds to be found throughout the city of Carmiel. Nicky's inspiration contributed to this town, and if not for him it might have never become as important city in Galilee as it is today. In the 1980's, Nicky (who is a grand-nephew of Naphtali Hertz Imber, author of the Israeli national anthem 'Hatikva' - 'The Hope') established residence in Israel. He has deep roots and strong ties with his people and to his Jewish homeland. Israel inspired him a desire to create highly emotional, life like collections.
Israel is the only country in which he never created unique sculptures for individual collectors. Every sculpture is an original piece; none are shrunk or enlarged and each is cast in bronze in a very limited edition. Nicky himself finished the final patina on every signed and numbered piece so no two are exactly alike. He insisted on knowing who owns every piece and has no plans for ever doing any others.
Over hundreds of other sculptors, Nicky Imber was chosen by the Vatican in 1988 to do a restoration work on a 3,000 year old sculpture of a Greek Goddes sculpture, and make replicates of the sculpture. Later on, he was selected to restore the famous Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture, after it was vandalized in 1992. He created busts of famous historical figures for Halls of Fame, Museums and Parliaments in plentiful countries and was commissioned to do art works for the Vatican in Rome several times.
Nicky Imber passed away in 1996, in Vienna, Austria, after devoting his life to the world of art and his repute stands for all of his outstanding creations around the world.
Olga Kushnir was born and lived in Russia in Siberia, where her ancestors were banished by the Soviet regime. In 2000, she immigrated to Israel with her daughter. Now she lives in Kibbutz Misgav Am in the Upper Galilee.
Olga graduated from the Art Institute in Moscow, where she received a certificate for teaching drawing. In art, she has been experimenting with different techniques of painting. Lately she has been painting mainly with a knife on palette. This is a relatively new technique that allows expressing a particular style of the artist. The picture is painted â€œliveâ€, and there is almost no opportunity to fix or erase anything. Her favorite themes are breathtaking views of Galilee, where she lives, so Olga can paint â€œliveâ€, just standing by the window.
In addition, Olga organized Palette Knife Art studio in Kiryat Shmona, where she teaches drawing.
Since 2004 Olga has organized some exhibitions in different cities of Israel, which showed my paintings, the work of my students, as well as the work of other artists.
2013: Group Exhibition at Diamond Exchange in Ramat Gan.
2013: Personal exhibition at "Gabriel House at the Sea of Galilee"
2012: Personal exhibition at the "Leonardo" hotel in Tel Aviv.
2011: Group exhibition at the Museum "Madatech" in Haifa.
2010: Group exhibition at the gallery of "Maale ha-Hamisha" hotel, Jerusalem.
2010: Group exhibition at the "House of Art Collection", Tel Aviv.
2009: Group exhibition at "Yigal Allon House", Tzfat.
2009: Personal exhibition in the hotel "Mitzpe haYamim" (â€œSeas Observatoryâ€).
2008: â€œThe Yellow Starâ€ group exhibition at the "Yigal Allon House", Tzfat.
2008: Personal exhibition at "Beit Gvulot", Metula.
2007: Personal exhibition in "Teva" hotel, HaGoshrim.
2004: Personal exhibition at Hod Hasharon.
2003: Group exhibition at the Museum of Tel-Hai courtyard.
Over the past decades Uri Dushy has been investigating the origins of art. In his personal, non-compromising way, he insists upon joining and creating within artistic genres unprecedented to him, provocatively challenging, mastering and adopting technical professional production processes. There is a considerable amount of daring â€“ at times bordering on the naive â€“ in the manner by which Uri Dushy copes with the nearly impossible challenges he undertakes. Perhaps in this course of his lies the key to understanding his success in the field of Israeli public art and the international exhibition establishments frequented by his works over the last decades.
Genuine and profound love of the creation process along with true inspiration from both classic and current artwork characterize Uri Dushy's works. Uri Dushy appreciates beauty and aesthetics, believing that it is his professional responsibility to contribute to their existence in the world. He creates a dialogue with his audience, while capturing them and enabling them to take part in the creative experience.
Uri Dushyâ€™s sculptures consist of five main series, presented in this site along with his photo collage and paintings works. The first and main series includes the public sculptures permanently positioned across cities and parks in Israel. Uri Dushyâ€™s work does not confine itself to the limits of his private studio, but rather exits into the public realm â€“ into open sites frequented by bypassers and members of the community who are not necessarily familiar with museums and galleries.
His magnificent public art works are colorful, positive, understandable and intended for the eyes of all people, thus contributing to their positive outlook. It can be said that the works reflect a positive inspiration sent from the artist to his audience, which returns the positive energy that contributes to the continuity of the artistâ€™s creation.
Projects that included the urban landscape sculptures took place in over a dozen cities across Israel, among which are Ashkelon, Holon, Petach-Tikva, Jerusalem, Rishon Le Zion, Ra'anana and more.
The second series is that of the unique wall sculptures consisting of two- dimensional clusters of figures in animated order that creates an impressive movement.The animation-like movement, which advances along the sculpture's space, presents a narrative image situated in different urban environments.
The third series includes the small sized interior metal sculptures. Each figure is represented as a two-dimensional silhouette situated in its own sculptural environment, a base of stone or a variety of other materials, upon which it plays out its role in the narrative.
The three dimensional bronze sculptures make up the fourth series. The added dimension enriches the figures with nuances which donâ€™t exist in the two-dimensional works. There is an element of freshness in the altered use he makes of the daily and realistic symbols he chooses.
The virtual sculpture project, "Status", presents the fifth series which includes 2 meter high mixed media figures that expose their extreme emotional states while conducting a dialogue with classical sculpting theories.
Uri Dushyâ€™s photo collage works have created a new artistic language. Combining details of various segments of urban reality within the framework of one picture enables to refer to specific places and events with which Dushy becomes acquainted.
Parallel to his Israeli career, Uri Dushy exhibited in one-man exhibitions around the world and participated in numerous group exhibitions and international art projects.