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Rainbow – a metaphysical, spiritual and emotional form

I started working on “Rainbow”, because of my interest in our mental connection to the metaphysical form that appears in the sky, in spectacular colors and disappears so quickly. But mysteriously always brings us happy and comforting feelings.

Double Rainbow, London
Photo: Zohar Manor-Abel 20.10.2014  

At the sight of Rainbow, I always have thoughts about the universe and us – being one.

I am looking at the Rainbow, longingly, admiring its beauty and hoping it’ll stay painted on the sky as for long as possible. As a kid I wanted to find a way to catch it, so it would not disappear but stay forever.

Rainbow 1
Nov. 2014. Wood, steel, oil

One day on 2014, I found a wooden pallet thrown on a sideways road. It was broken and bruised. From the first glance I knew that pallet would turn into a Rainbow.
Iron straps and screws are the ones that will hold the rainbow together! After all, I always wanted to catch a rainbow. 😘

Rainbow 1: Yellow, red, greenish, turquoise, bright blue and silver. Materials: Wood, metal rods & screws & oil paint. The silver symbolizes the infinite sky and infinity from which the Rainbow appears and then disappears.

A moment of excitement when the construction of Rainbow 1 is ready
Rainbow 2, Los Angeles

My need to lock the Rainbow with metal and screws is symbolic for unfulfilled desire to preserve the bow for ever.

Rainbow 2: Purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red and silver

Rainbow 3
Splashes of light in the studio
Rainbow 3

In the book of Genesis, it is most significant that after the Mabul (the big flood), The Rainbow is the tangible symbol of God’s promise that another flood will never come down on earth again.

A full Rainbow, Los Angeles
Photo: Arnon Manor

The perfect shape of the Rainbow as a semicircle, part of a circle, or even as a line, combined with the spectacular colours projected on it, can bring us to the point of transcendence!
The sight of the rainbow rises even higher in The Book of Kings, in which the Rainbow equals the sight of the figure of God.

Rainbow 5
Full spectrum

The perfect shapes of the Rainbow with its most beautiful colours that appear and disappear, reflects perfection and brings us closer to our childhood-soul and to dreamy optimistic feelings. 

Rainbow 4
Compressed cardboard, in work progress

As rainbow radiates spiritual feelings, I thought that creating a Rainbow should be made out mainly of recycled materials. So I choose to work with wooden pallets and compressed cardboard. (as above and below, Rainbow 4, 6)

Rainbow 6
Optimistic point of view
Rainbow 7, 18 August 2018
My Shadow & Smoky Gaza Strip

One can feel and see injustices even through a Rainbow. The above work – Rainbow 8, is homage to a friend and the people of Gaza Strip, also to the people of Gaza, who wants to see their sky – smoke-free sky.

Happiness at work
Rainbow in the sky with stars
Rainbow 8, 9 Feb. 2020
For positive & happy times

Rainbow 8, created on Feb. 2020. For positive & happy times.

The idea to work on Rainbow appeared on my birthday — 1.7.2013.

Rainbow – a symbol of Hope & Unity!

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The Hand of Coincidence

I created 25 minimalist sculptures, in cube forms, that raises topics on social, political and environmental issues.

Enclosing some sculptures in the project. Some other are in previous posts.

Earth’s Treasures
אוצרות האדמה

It took me four blessed years to work on the project, 2014 – 2018.

Oceans Against Plastic
אוקינוס נגד פלסטיק

All the wooden cubes are found objects. The cubes are fortunate now to have another life, as sculptures; carrying important messages.

With a stroke of paint, in black, red, turquoise etc., the themes are revealed to the world to attract the attention of the people, so these important subjects can be dealt with.

Bloody Shoe Sole
סוליה מדממת

It was a challenge to incorporate subliminal social messages, universal concepts and social issues in small wooden cubes, to create meaningful minimalistic work.

Temple
מקדש

These ideas have been bubbling in my head for a while. They got a form & shape and grow out to be a new form from each cube, and the subject matter became one with the cube. In a way, each cube’s unique form, character and texture leads me.

Distance the State of Mind from Conflict, War
להרחיק הלך רוח מעימות, ממלחמה

I sand, scrub and polish each cube, to reveal the beauty of the wood, the texture and its specific qualities.

Homage to Creativity
מחווה ליצירתיות

Each cube represents a universal subject.

Coca Cola Status
סטטוס קוקה קולה

Each cube slowly reveals its secrets to me. Some were nearly in perfect form but the wood was painted brutally, covering its qualities. Others, their ugly form and deformed shape inspired me to bring up ideas I wanted to present.

Longing for Mars
ערגה למאדים

Wood, metal, acrylic, oil, tar, plastic, varnish. Sizes of cubes vary between 7 – 10 cm².

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Neighbourhood & Tricycle

“Neighbourhood & Tricycle” is one from a series of paintings – “Neighbourhood, Girl’s school”, which I created in London in 2021.

Painting 2: “Neighbourhood & Tricycle“, Acrylic on canvas. 45 * 50 cm.


I came to London for a short visit, but my trip lengthened due to the coronavirus lockdown. I found myself spending much time in my AirBnB. Looking out through the back window, I was exposed to a new world, and I was inspired to create a series of paintings, the “Neighbourhood” [stamford Hill, London].

The changes in color that took place outside, day by day, hour by hour, captivated me. There was a schoolyard that felt as if it was trapped by the houses around it.

Painting 1: “Neighbourhood, Girl’s School”, Acrylic on canvas. 45 * 50 cm.

״Neighbourhood,” my initial acquaintance with the world outside my window (Stamford Hill). It was as if I had just met a new friend.

“Neighbourhood & Tricycle,” A child’s tricycle caught my eye. It had been left in the schoolyard, and the sky and houses around it were smiling. (Top pic.)

Painting 3: “Neighbourhood & Girl Jumping on Rope”, Acrylic & Oil crayons on canvas. 45 * 50 cm.

“Neighbourhood & Girl Jumping on Rope,” was created when I saw a young girl jumping rope in the schoolyard under a dreamy sky.

Painting 4: “Hey, who’s the new one in our Neighbourhood”, Acrylic on canvas. 45 * 50 cm.

“Hey, who’s the new one in our Neighbourhood?,” a painting I made when I saw the surprised look on the girls’ faces at the schoolyard, who looked at me, as I was looking at them.

“Snow in my Neighbourhood,” is a quick painting I did at the sight of the first snowfall in London.

Working on these paintings filled me with joy.

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Quick Life Drawings

Drawing a model is always a challenge, it’s refreshing and inspiring. 

Quick life drawings are exciting and challenging – it means capturing the model’s mood, the model’s character, all together as well as the artist’s mood. Also there is the challenge of putting up like a foot-step on the paper of the right atmosphere of the event.

Yael. 2012

The model actually is a tool for the artist. Drawing the human body is the best mind & hand coordination exercise. Drawing a model expresses more than anything the artist’s mood.

One can draw even a “Self Portrait” under the “cover” of a model. 

Carmel. 2014

To draw a nude model can take the artist closer to the essence of himself. Scratching the paper means like it’s his own skin; drawing an inner reflection. 

Regina. 2019
Eva. 2019
Amit. 2012

Drawing a model is a pure and intimate way to bring up topics that the artist wants to raise. Choosing the style is part of the statement. The free expressive work with a model is also inspiring for other ideas and works that the artist is engaged with; it’s like solving mathematical formula via the figure. 

A story of violence sex and success. 2018
I am me. 2018
Angelica. 2018

The artist expresses his ideas, his own thoughts by unveiling characteristics of the model’s character.

Regina, 2020
Regina 24.7.2019

A kiss to the world! By Regina, a woman that’s proud of her body.

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Expressive Cuts

Linoleum cuts

Enclosed a selection of works from different times.

Sandy. 1981
Next door neighbor . 1981

The Fly. 2016

Love to death. 2017

Rishikesh. 2019