GATES OF JERUSALEM

LION'S GATE

Arcrylic on Wood

50 X 136

The Lion's Gate is the first gate I painted. It inspired the concept for this series. Painted on a rescued cabinet door, it was destined to continue to serve as a portal, or at the very least to symbolize one. The narrow surface initially presented a challenge. It ended up framing the entrance and drawing the viewer in further, on the pathway to the Western Wall. This is perhaps the most meaningful piece to me. I was privileged and honored to hear a firsthand account from a fellow artist of his experience at this scene. He shared his personal recollections, taking part in the very battle that led to the liberation of the Old City in 1967.

Lions Gate Jerusalem Art

שערי ירושלים

ZION GATE

Acrylic on Canvas

80 x 90

The Zion Gate is pocked with holes which hearken back to bloody battles. But the prophecies of redemption and consolation prevail. We have begun our return. May it continue and flourish.

Zion Gate Jerusalem Art

JAFFA GATE

Multimedia– Acrylic and Collage on Paper

60 x 44

The Jaffa Gate is arguably the most used gate in our day, for locals and tourists alike. The vibrant water color juxtaposed with the antique frame remind us that we are continuing centuries of passage through the holy cobbled alleyways of the generations before us. The support of the South African Jewish community is just one example of how Jewish hearts have been “in the East” over the long centuries of exile.

Jaff Gate Jerusalem Art

DAMASCUS GATE

Acrylic and Burlap on Laminate

60 x 60

The Damascus Gate is portrayed here in burlap to represent the fabric of its history. Earthy in color and texture, it is a passageway to markets of old for people in every generation.

Damascus Gate Jerusalem Art

FLOWER GATE

Wood chips and Acrylic Paint on Glass

60 X 75

The Flower Gate, by virtue of its name, evokes a sense of color and perpetual renewal. In this piece, the vivid color is embedded in a backdrop of Jerusalem stone pastels, black and white. This once again evokes the image of Jerusalem as ancient yet modern, muted yet vibrant. She is a city adept at balancing her opposites, urging them toward harmony for the good of all.

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DUNG GATE

Multimedia– Acrylic and Collage on Paper

84 x 84

The Dung Gate was particularly challenging as an art object. Though void of glamor in its name, this gate has the most direct access to the Kotel. It is this distinction that merits a special angle. The couple and moving car in the foreground symbolize the near, the modern. The Kotel in the distance symbolizes the far, the historical, the very origin of mankind just beyond our reach.

Dung Gate Jeruslem Art

NEW GATE

Charcoal on Paper

63 X 86

The New Gate is simple and modern. Its lines are black and white, a rare harmonious existence in our volatile Middle East. The New Gate may lack some character, but it is entitled to its moment in the limelight.

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MERCY GATE / GOLDEN GATE

Oil on Canvas

121 x 75

The Mercy Gate sits majestically opposite Har Hazeitim on the northern side of Har Habayit. Legend tells us that the Mashiach will make his way through it on his way back to rebuild the Temple. I chose regal purples and blues to represent the King of Kings, whose mercy will ultimately shatter the sealed gates and reveal the path of return to the Temple Mount. The burnt edges symbolize the fiery exile, though it is our faith that redemption can come in the blink of an eye which prevails.

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