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Geometric

Kosmic Knots

This picture and Kosmic Chambers share an influence from the amazing art of M. C. Escher and are both based on the Sacred Geometry that is expressed in the order of the Twenty-two Hebrew Letters according to Sefer Yetzirah.

This design is also reminiscent of Celtic Knots.  Look at the center of this picture and see how inside the central ring are Three Shins in the primary colors - yellow, blue and red (going clockwise from the top).  Here, as in my picture Kosmic Chambers, the two outer 'arms' of each Shin is shared with its neighbors. 

Kosmic Chambers

This picture and 'Kosmic Knots' (another new picture on this website) were drawn about the same time in the early 1990's.  The originals are small, and the design was produced using a pencil, compass, straightedge and then inked and colored with watercolors.

The design of this picture is based on the Geometry used in my picture 'The Holy Palace' and derives from the order of the Twenty-two Hebrew Letters according to Sefer Yetzirah - Three Mother, Seven Double, and Twelve Simple Letters.

Geometric #8

Although the Jewish Star is the six-pointed Star of David, the five-pointed pentagon, which this painting is based on, has interesting connections to Judaism and Kabbalah as well.  There are Five Books of Moses; Five Loves and Five Strengths (see the explanation of my picture Sefirot Number Ten); Five Partzufim (see the explanation of my picture The Family Tree of Life).

Geometric #5

I am particularly fond and proud of this painting.  This one was made using simple tools at first - protractor and ruler - so the geometry here is more precise, and the feeling of three-dimensionality is stronger.  It is basically divided into nine sections.  Notice how some of these sections are primarily hexagons with six-pointed stars; and some are primarily pentagons with five-pointed stars.  This motif hints at the Sefirot (three by three) with the fractal repetition within each section expressing the tenth and final Sefirah.

Geometric #4

This is another abstract geometric painting that is also a mandala.  I used simple geometric forms - circles, triangles, rectangles, pentagons, and hexagons - to create this image.  Since it was all done by hand without compass or straight-edge, the effect of three-dimensionality that parts of this painting has is more subtle than others where I used simple measuring tools.  The more one looks at this picture the more it becomes kaleidescopic.  

2008
Acrylic on paper
60 x 50 cm

Geometric #1

This geometric motif was inspired by one of my favorite artists, M. C. Escher.  I used simple geometric shapes - triangles, squares and pentagons and hexagons - to create this image.  The color selection was based on the Sefirot as nine areas of color - three above (reds and green); three below (blues and orange) and three between them (yellow and purples).  The tenth is the central circle that unites them all.

2009
Acrylic on paper
36 x 32 cm

The Holy Palace

The Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation) teaches the mysteries of the Twenty-two Hebrew letters.  The alphabet is presented there as three groups of letters.  One group is called the Three Mothers.  The second group is called the Seven Doubles.  The third group is called the Twelve Elementals. 
 

Psalm 107

The text of this Psalm is written in this picture in 26 circles that form a mandala, a circular design that can be used in meditation.  This picture changes like a kaleidoscope the longer one gazes at it.  The text begins with the circle in the center, moves counter-clockwise around six circles four times; and then concludes with the large circle on the outside.