Art makes the world within the artist visible.
Classical music, poetry, Jewish and Chassidic stories, traveling, the love for people and memories of eras gone but not forgotten, and of the cities where I lived and worked Amsterdam, Berlin, Jerusalem, New York all form the main ingredients of my art. Other places and cities left a lasting impression Prague, Sicily.
My art is like the water of the canals of my native Amsterdam,Rembrandts city the deeper you look into it, the more you see.
A reflection of a reflection of a reflection...look, what you see is not what you see.
My art is not complete without texts and letters, it is writing come alive. It reflects my deep connection with the Dutch 17th century Masters, German expressionism, Russian art and with medieval miniatures. I was fortunate to have an academic career before I became a full-time artist and studied Ancient Middle Eastern languages and medieval Hebrew literature and codicology at Leyden University in Holland, and lectured at the Free University of Berlin before I came to New York. I came into close contact with old manuscripts, e.g. in the Jewish Museum of Amsterdam, and with more modern Hebrew and Yiddish books of the famous book collector Dr U. Von Kritter in Bad Homburg Germany. This provided me with a good background to delve into the many interesting Jewish themes you find in my artistic work.
My art is also a tribute to music and to the world of the great Chassidic masters of Eastern Europe, the world of the shtetl that lives on in many stories. The Kotzker Rebbe listened to a Chassidic storyteller in the street and stated
He told what he wanted and I heard what I needed.
That is Art.
Fore more info, contact the artist at Shoshbm@gmail.com...