Stones on Fire: Transcendental Textures of
the Western Wall and the Flames of L'ag B'omer


From a series of paintings
inspired by extreme close-up views 
of the unique texture
of the Kotel or Western (Wailing) Wall 
rock surfaces "married" to the flames
from the L'ag B'omer bonfires,
revealing countless visages and faces,
as if the Kotel itself
     acts as a spiritual camera
"photographing" its millions of visitors.
Originally created during
the Three Weeks of Mourning
for the Destruction of the Temple בין המצרים
 (“between the dire straits”)
and other painful events in Jewish history.
The paintings, however, do not
emanate depression and sadness.
The Stones on Fire here are actually burning
with the spirit of Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai,
who was on such an exalted level,
he did not “experience” the Destruction
and hint at the prophecy of Zecharia (2:9):
 וַאֲנִי אֶהְיֶה לָּהּ נְאֻם יְהוָה חוֹמַת אֵשׁ סָבִיב וּלְכָבוֹד אֶהְיֶה בְתוֹכָהּ
Thus saith the L-rd:
I will be a (protective) Wall of Fire
Around (Jerusalem)
and My Glory will be within it.




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Stones on Fire #1

stone#1

 acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
19" x 37" (48 x 94 cm)





Stones on Fire #2

stones#2


 acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
28" x 36" (71 x 91 cm)






Stones on Fire #3

stones 3

 acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
19" x 37" (48 x 94 cm)






Stones on Fire #4:
My Dove in the Cleft of the Rock - יונתי בחנוי הסלע

cleft of the rock

 acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
18" x 24" (46 x 61 cm)
 
In the center of the painting one may see
the form of an angelic Dove,
suggesting
the above phrase from the Song of Songs (2:14).

The Dove symbolizes the Jewish people,
finding shelter from its
many predators and enemies,
by clinging to the Rock of Faith.





 

    

 Stones on Fire #5: The Women's Gallery

women's gallery

 acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
18" x 24" (46 x 61 cm)
 
In this painting one can discover various emerging faces
or visages of women, as if the Wall itself has recorded
and absorbed its many female visitors,
whose prayers are always heard, because they come
from the innermost recesses of the heart.








Stones on Fire #6

stones 6

 acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
28" x 36" (71 x 91 cm)








Stones on Fire #7

stones 7

 acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
28" x 36" (71 x 91 cm)

  




Stones on Fire #8

stones 8

airbrushed acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
18" x 24" (46 x 61 cm)






Stones on Fire #9 

stones 9

airbrushed acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
18" x 24" (46 x 61 cm)




Stones on Fire #10

stones 10

airbrushed acrylics & mixed materials on canvas
24" x 18" (61 x 46 cm)



Poster - Stones on Fire

kotel

Image size 18" x 12 1/2" (46 x 32 cm).
Signed by the artist.
 
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as prints and giclees, please inquire:


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