Straight From My Heart
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Elisha Ben Yitzhak Poems and Art
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Feb 15, 2014Executive Editor of NY Arts Magazine Suzie Walshe on Elisha Ben Yitzhak Elisha Ben Yitzhak is a multifaceted artist who works in a variety of media, from oils to acrylic, drawing to watercolor. He is a virtuoso artist who has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally in venues as diverse as Zimbabwe and Switzerland, including London’s celebrated Tate Gallery. In September, he will be featured in a group exhibition entitled The United States Artists Biennial at the prestigious Broadway Gallery NYC, in New York’s preeminent Shoo district. Reminiscent of styles as diverse as the quasi-abstracted figurative paintings of Alex Katz, the metaphysical proto-Surrealist paintings of Giorgio de Chirico, as well as the paintings of Henri Matisse’s School of Paris period, Ben Yitzhak’s paintings are simultaneously lyrical and mysterious, jubilant yet pensive. Employing these paradoxes, he skillfully applies a multihued palette of soft violets, ochre, and browns to engender a sense of... More > memory and longing for faraway people and places. Take, for instance, a handsome painting entitled Jerusalem, portraying a series of abstracted domed buildings executed in tangerines and sunny yellows. A vast expanse of buildings is depicted flatly across the surface, draped by an expanse of periwinkle blue-sky. Evocative of a lost place and a lost time, the image is festive—rendered with love, care and attention—and yet evokes a sense of loss and of yearning for memory of the past. Ben Yitzhak emigrated from Israel many years ago. One can imagine from this lovingly rendered painting, the special place in his heart that Jerusalem still holds. Another very compelling testament to memories of the past is entitled In Jaffa. Here we see a couple—again rendered flatly and somewhat abstractly—seated facing each other at a table located on a wooden boardwalk overlooking the sea. They hold hands, but gaze away toward the distant ocean that is indicated through a series of curvaceous, undulating waves depicted in bright hues of aquamarines, violets, and blues. The figures lean in closely toward each other, evoking a kindred warmth, and a sense of romance and companionship. While the image suggests the contentment of true love in some ways, like a faded photograph of lovers from a bygone era, its distanced perspective and economy of gesture also suggest that the happiness depicted is one of times now past.< Less
Jul 3, 2011Elisha Ben Yitzhak, Artist Biography Elisha Ben Yitzhak was born in Israel in 1943. He studied art at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and at the Avni Art Institute in Tel Aviv under the guidance of master artists. Elisha moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, in 1985. His paintings have been exhibited in museums, galleries, art festivals and private art exhibits in numerous countries around the world, including a group exhibit at the famed Tate Gallery in London and at the Florence Biennale. Elisha’s paintings have also appeared in numerous publications and electronic media. An art critic wrote about Elisha’s art “Elisha’s pictures have a unique and independent style of their own with so much rhythm. Most of his images combine both figurative and surrealistic elements, as if they were taken from a different world, but yet are strikingly realistic and appealing. When looking at Elisha’s paintings you feel certain warmth radiating from the different colors. As one gazes, one is lulled... More > by the lyrical composition of the delicate lines. These colors have an impact similar to the effect of pastels in the work of the great impressionists. Elisha expresses his feelings, emotions and personal experiences through most astonishing paintings, which are revered around the world and considered extraordinary. The more you gaze at these paintings, the more you love them, so much so that you cannot help but be affected by the artist’s romanticism.” Quoted by Leon Harari, an art critic in Israel< Less
Oct 2, 2010This is such a great book. The paintings and the poems open a world of art, emotions and yearnings. I highly recommend this inspiring book.
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- October 1, 2010
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