Art Gallery



Below is a collection of the works that are on sale to benefit Leket.

If you prefer not to pay for the art online via credit card, you may contact Elena at 201-331-0070 to arrange payment via check or wire.



Shai Azoulay

Shai Azoulay

Name: Huge
Year: 2010
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 30cm x 40cm
Retail: $3500
Buy it Now: $2800


Born in Israel in at 1971, Azoulay studied at Bezalel art academy, where he received his BFA and MFA in 2007. His work has been shown at the Israel and Tel Aviv museums and in galleries in Israel, New York, and Rome. Azoulay was the recipient of the Tel Aviv Museum prize for young artists and the Mazes Prize in Jerusalem. He lives and works in Jerusalem.

 
Maya Barkai

Maya Barkai

Name: Untitled
Year: 2005
Medium: Photography
Size: 10" x 10"
Retail: $1500
Buy it Now: $750


Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Barkai is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts’ Photography Department (BFA, Honors 2005), and has been based in New York City for the past nine years. She spent her military service in the Israeli Defense Forces as a military photographer for the IDF Official Magazine, “BaMachaneh”. Her photographs have been exhibited worldwide, and she is the recipient of the National Press Photographers Foundation Grant (2005). Barkai’s work was included in the Sony World Photography Awards (2008), W Magazine’s Next Fashion Photographer’ showcase, as well as Penguin, Nerve, and Foam Magazine among other publications. Maya's most recent projects include Walking Men 99™, a site-specific Public Art Installation, surrounding the site of the upcoming Four Seasons Hotel in NYC’s Downtown area, which was commissioned by the Alliance for Downtown New York. Additional projects include Walking Men PERMM, a public art installation in collaboration with the PERMM Museum of Contemporary art in Russia, and Men at Work as part of the Bat Yam International Biennale for Landscape Urbanism in Israel.

For more information about Maya Barkai and the Walking Men WorldwideTM Project, please visit www.mayabarkai.com and www.walking-men.com.

 
Alex Benchimol

Alex Benchimol

Name: Gold River
Year: 2009
Medium: Photography
Size: 16x20 with frame
Retail: $800
Buy it Now: $400


Alejandro Benchimol considers himself a citizen of the world. He was born in Madrid, Spain and moved to Israel at the age of twelve. At the age of twenty-one, a six month visit to New York City turned into four year stay. After traveling through Europe from 2000 to 2002, he returned to New York, the city he fell in love with, to stay. In 2005, after his wife, Sarenne, bought him a second hand camera, Alex began to explore travel photography and landscape. What began as a hobby quickly turned into a passion. Alejandro has taken courses at the International Center of Photography and is currently focusing on indoor and studio photography. He views New York City as the ideal place to fulfill his inspiration of combining cultures of the world through photography. When not working on photography, Alejandro manages a bar in New York City and will soon become a United States citizen.

 
Irmak Canevi

Irmak Canevi

Name: Small Is the Next Big Thing IX
Year: 2008
Medium: Mixed media
Size: 10" x 10"
Retail: $700
Buy it Now: $350


Name: Small Is the Next Big Thing X
Year: 2008
Medium: Mixed media
Size: 10" x 10"
Retail: $700
Buy it Now: $350

 
Rhea Carmi

Rhea Carmi

Name: Carnaval XXVIII
Year: 2006
Medium: Mixed media on canvas
Size: 30" x 40"
Retail: $5500
Buy it Now: $5000


Born in Jerusalem, a land that is spiritual and passionate; searing and volatile. These words very well describe the artist as well as her works. Rhea, over the last twenty-seven years produced a body of work that celebrates with antiquity the everlasting human spirit, which survives the brutality, and insanity of war, aridity and harshness of human nature as it endures.

Rhea utilizes a variety of media: oils, sand, water, treated paper, canvas and wood; which she layers, smoothes and sculpts to create the abstract impressions, which demand tactile as well as visual interplay. Her works are perceived as the topography of intimate landscapes, as well as the mapping of emotions and sensations devoid of familiar forms. The paintings are a personal diary of the artist as she chronicles the events that had an impact on humanity and nature.

These works combine to express the feelings of introspection, conflict, human emotion, and the effects of malicious wielding of power and greed on humanity.

Rhea's work has been exhibited in Israel, Europe, Australia, New York and Los Angeles. She now resides in California with her husband of 48 years.

 
Zigi Ben Chaim

Zigi Ben Chaim


Name: VC-21, Naked City Series (1 of 7)
Year: 2010
Medium: Ink Jet Print on Film Mounted on Hand-Brushed Aluminum
Size: 24" x 36"
Retail: $5000 

Buy it Now: $2500



In his new PhotoWorks, as in his paintings, artist Zigi Ben-Haim creates a new world that exists somewhere between abstraction and representation. Aptly titled “Naked City,” this series of photographs of the watery surface of Venice canals reveals layers of the city’s cultural history. When refracted through water, the familiar elements of Venice compose glimpses of a kind of aqueous archeology. Ben-Haim has captured fleeting reflections that expose interactions between nature and culture not easily seen in the real world. Mounted on the hand-brushed aluminum, the watery photos loaded with content delve deeper in the urban fabric. Through the medium of a city-sustaining network of water, the architecture transforms into amorphous, organic shapes. The reflections of building facades and shutter slats often appear biological, as if in the midst of fusion or division. This manifestation of growth is essential to Ben-Haim’s work, which sets nature and culture into a generative exchange.

 
Koki Doktori

Koki Doktori

Name: Shorashim
Year: 2010
Medium: Mixed Media on Paper
Size: 16" x 20"
Retail: $1600
Buy it Now: $800

 
Noffar Gat

Noffar Gat

Name: 1/2 Series called Empty
Medium: Inkjet Print
Size: 18" x 21" (framed)
Retail: $900
Buy it Now: $450


Name: 2/2 Series called Empty
Medium: Inkjet Print
Size: 18" x 21" (framed)
Retail: $900
Buy it Now: $450


Born in Tel Aviv, Israel (1987).
Graduated from film department at the Open Democratic High School in Jaffa , Israel (2005). Currently a senior in the BFA Photography program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Exhibitions:
2010- Solo exhibition at the School of Visual Arts.
2011- Group exhibition at the Ben Rimon gallery, Chelsea, NY.
2011- Solo photography exhibition and video installation at the School of Visual Arts east side gallery space.

 
Michael Gitlin

Michael Gitlin

Name: Untitled Drawing
Year: 1999
Medium: Oil on Paper
Size: 38" x 47"
Retail: $6000
Buy it Now: $3000


Michael Gitlin received his BA in English Literature and Art History from the Hebrew University and simultaneously graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Gitlin moved to New York and received an MFA from Pratt Institute (1972). In the 1980s, Gitlin taught sculpture at the Parsons School of Design and Columbia University in New York, the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem, and the University of California in Davis. Gitlin's works are in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Israel Museum, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Städtische Museum in Munich, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., among others. Gitlin's one-person museum shows have included: the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1977); the ICC Antwerp (1980); Exit Art, New York (1985); Kunstraum Munchen (1986); Bonn Kunstverein (1988); Kunsthalle Mannheim (1989); Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery (1989); Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpe (1991). Gitlin received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Sculpture (1984), the Guggenheim Fellowship in Sculpture and Drawing (1987), the prestigious Israel Museum Sandberg Prize (1989), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1991), and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2005).Gitlin represented Israel at the Documenta in Kassel in 1977 and his work is currently in the permanent collection of the newly renovated Israel Museum.

 
Aharon Gluska

Aharon Gluska

Name: Turning Point
Year: 2000
Medium: Acrylic and Gel Medium on Canvas
Size: 48" x 72"
Retail: $60,000
Buy it Now: $30,000


 

 
Pamela Grau

Pamela Grau

Name: Becoming
Year: 2010
Media: Mixed Media on Panel
Size: 10" x 10"
Retail: $1200
Buy it Now: $600


Name: Emerging
Year: 2010
Media: Mixed Media on Panel
Size: 10" x 10"
Retail: $1200
Buy it Now: $600

 
Eti Grifel

Eti Grifel

Name: Transient
Year: 2006
Medium: Oil/acrylic on canvas
Size: 30" x 40"
Starting Bid: $190
Retail: $380


Name: Nottingham
Year: 2007
Medium: Oil/acrylic on canvas
Size: 30" x 40"
Retail: $380
Buy it Now: $190


Eti Grifel was born in Haifa, Israel. She arrived in New York in 2001 and currently lives in Brooklyn. Ms. Grifel studied fashion when she was young, but painting was always her first love and she returned to it full-time seven years ago. In her art, she seeks to create an internal experience for the viewer by constantly exploring relationships between color and space, motion and emotion. Many of her paintings are created “a la prima” -- in one session.

 
Karen Gunderson

Karen Gunderson

Name: Deep Blue Sea
Year: 2010
Medium: Oil on Board
Size: 12" x 12"
Retail: $2800
Buy it Now: $2400

Courtesy of ClampArt, New York

 
Shay Kuhn

Shay Kuhn

Name: Balancing Act
Year: 2006-2007
Medium: Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24" x 24"
Retail: $4400
Buy it Now: $2200


Shay Kun is an Israeli-born New York-based artist. He earned his B.F.A. at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (1998), and went on to earn his M.F.A. from Goldsmiths College in London, England (2000). Kun has been showing extensively in the past several years nationally as well as on the international circuit, mainly across the U.S and Europe. The culmination of this process was the development of an acute awareness of his specific place in today’s visual culture--somewhere between the historical concept of fine art and the contemporary digital and electronic imagery so central to his generation’s experience.

 
Basmat Levin

Basmat Levin

Name: Marlena
Size: 35" x 35"
Retail: $3000
Buy it Now: $1500


Born in Jerusalem, Israel. Studied drawing, painting, sculpture, video and computer graphics. Recipient of the Charles Revson Fellowship from the New York Studio School of Drawing and Painting. Her work was on display in the USA at New York’s Elizabeth Harris Gallery and at DOT.51 Gallery in Miami, among others. Her paintings have been featured in major motion pictures, including: “Dinner Rush” and “Suburban Girl”. Chinese por traits she created while living in China were exhibited in Shanghai at YB2 Gallery, M1 Gallery in M-50 and at Dunhill Twin Villa. In Beijing, they were featured at the NY Arts Gallery and in Hunan Province at ZhuZhou City Art Center. After having spent the past several very productive years painting in her Moganshan studio in Shanghai, Basmat is currently back in NYC, painting in her Tribeca studio, following outstanding success with her solo show, “Shanghai Facebook.” “I believe that a person’s face is a window to his soul. I am trying to capture this concept through my paintings, This is my way of exploring China’s amazing ancient culture through the faces of its people.”

www.basmatlevin.com

 
Ella Littwitz

Ella Littwitz

Name: Liandro & Lisandro Gorczak, 5 Minutes Difference
Year: 2010
Medium: Photography
Size: 22" x 26"
Retail: $1200
Buy it Now: $1000


Photographer Ella Littwitz was born and raised in Israel and is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design - The Department of Photography, Video and Computer Imaging. Littwitz received the Sharett Scholarship Program, America – Israel Cultural Foundation (2008-2009), an Excellence Scholarship granted by Rea Ben David - Photography Workshop (2009) and the Mitchell Presser Excellence award granted by the Department of Photography, Video and Computer Imaging, Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem (2009). Ella has exhibited in several group exhibitions in Israel and Europe. Littwitz currently lives and works in Berlin.

 
Ohad Maimon

Ohad Maimon

Name: Red
Year: 2011
Edition 7 out of 30
Size: 12" x 18"
Retail: $2100
Buy it Now: $1050


Name: Teddy in Alaska
Year: 2011
Edition 7 out of 30
Size: 12" x 18"
Retail: $2100
Buy it Now: $1050


Name: Gathering Storm
Year: 2006
Medium: Digital C-Print
Size: 40" x 60"
Retail: $5500
Buy it Now: $2500


Ohad Maiman is a New York based Photographer and Writer. Following 3 years of service in the IDF Special Forces, Maiman has traveled the Far East and South America extensively; eventually settling in New York in the summer of '99; Graduated at Columbia University in Philosophy and Visual Arts '03.

Beyond various group shows, Maiman had his first solo show at the Richard Avadon Studio in NYC in '05; published his first Photography and Writings book with Damiani Editore along with a solo show at Milk Gallery in '08; a solo show at the Chelsea Museum in '10, and is currently working on his upcoming solo shows in LA, London, and NY for fall '11.

Maiman presently lives and works in NYC.

 
Michael Maytal

Michael Maytal

Name: Sunbreak
Year: 2009
Medium: Photography
Size: 18" x 10"
Starting Bid: $300
Retail: $600


Name: Happy Hour
Year: 2008
Medium: Photography
Size: 18" x 12"
Retail: $600
Buy it Now: $300


Michael Maytal was born in Transylvania during the cold war. A child of two Hungarian Holocaust survivors, the family found it necessary to emigrate to Israel given the Communist regime. While his path to being an artist was not obvious or conventional - naval academy at 13; officer in the Israeli navy; participant in the Yom Kippur war and finally a member of the Israeli Secret Service - the impulse was always there.

His creative spirit began to flower through his chosen career (to support his family) - when he moved to America. Then and now Mr. Maytal is the creative force behind a very successful business that restores antiques - specializing in Art Deco period - which has informed some of his artistic sensibilities. He works closely with top New York designers and has been responsible for the restoration of pieces shown at Sotheby's, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and St. Patrick's Cathedral.

While his chosen medium is photography, Mr. Maytal's passion for art began as a collector of paintings, some of which have recently been shown at the National Gallery of Budapest. He has integrated a love of Balthus, Magritte, and contemporary painter Knox Martin, into his aesthetic. Composition is what he believes drives great art, and thus it is ever apparent in his photographs. Mr. Maytal's photographs share his spontaneous take on life and his desire to capture the nuances, the beauty, the usually unseen, the edgy and the pulse of people and objects, using the restoration work space to stage and photograph his fantasies about relationship reflections.

His first exhibition was held at an historic Arab olive mill which was converted into a gallery by the Israeli artist community, Ein Hod. The success of that show was followed by others in Israel as well as in the US.

 
Elinor Milchan

Elinor Milchan

Name: Untitled #1162
Year: 2006
Medium: Digital C-Print
Size: 16" x 20"
Retail: $1000
Buy it Now: $700


Name: Untitled #1098
Year: 2006
Medium: Digital C-Print
Size: 16" x 20"
Retail: $1000
Buy it Now: $700


Elinor Milchan has created public installations, using architecture, existing structures and/or commercial material as frames and supports for her photography and video series. Her public work juxtaposes intimate expressions and public environment, transforming the functionality of a public space into an area of introspection. She colored the screens of Times Square and the ones of the old New York Times Building; and many windows, walls and corridors of New York and Los Angeles.

Critics from The LACMA and Art in Art America have praised the inventiveness of her unique technique, describing it as “liberating the medium”, and opening “up the interstices of light”, reminding “us that the essential of photography is light itself.” * Milchan’s exhibitions and work have been featured and reviewed in various international art publications, and included in contemporary art auctions, such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Her work is included in many private and public collections, including the Tel Aviv Museum, and has received support for public art collaborations and installations by the likes of corporations such as MTV, JPMorgan/Chase, NewsCorp/20th Century Fox, Leaf, Bezalel, UBS, Credit Suisse, BCRE-US, Africa-Israel, The Times Square Alliance and the Downtown Alliance Public Art Program.

 
Laura Murlender

Laura Murlender

Name: Synthesis
Year: 2005
Medium: Collage and acrylic on hand-made paper
Size: 31" x 24"
Retail: $3700
Buy it Now: $1800


Laura Murlender graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in 1982 -Fine Arts Department. She was part of the first Academy program in photography, participating in seminars with artists Frank Stella and Jim Dine. As recipient of the French Government grant (1984-85) she completed postgraduate studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts -Paris- in ancient fresco and monumental art with artist Olivier Debre. In 2006-07 she was an artist in residency at Makor | Steinhardt Program in New York City. Murlender was awarded the Helena Rubinstein Foundation Prize; America-Israel Cultural Foundation Prize, the French Government Grant, the Samuel Prize in Visual Arts -Canada and Photography Awards: Brenner - Ilford, and Agfa. Her first solo museum exhibition, From Darkness to Light, was held at Yeshiva University Museum in New York in 2007. Solo and group exhibition venues include the Centre Pompidou and Grand Palais - Paris; Recoleta Cultural Center - Buenos Aires; Museum of Contemporary Latin American Art - La Plata, Argentina and Museum of Latin American Art - Long Beach, California. Her works are included in the public collections of the Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Yeshiva University Museum, New York and Macla, Museum of Contemporary Art, La Plata, Argentina- as well numerous private ones.

 
Eyal Radwinowitz

Eyal Radwinowitz

Name: Kings Cross Station
Year: 2008
Medium: Painting, Acryllic on Canvas
Size: 40" x 32"
Retail: $2000
Buy it Now: $1500


Eyal Radwinowitz is among the group of promising young Israeli artists rising in the Tel Aviv contemporary art scene. His paintings are characterized by an original approach to abstract expressionism for the dynamic use of color and elevated sense of motion and energy seen in them. His artworks are now part of notable local private and corporate art collections such as: Shari Arison art collection, Israel Makov art collection, Natan Saban art collection, Bank Discount Israeli art collection, Bank Leumi art collection, and more. Radwinowitz's creations are currently displayed in several galleries in Tel Aviv and Miami. He has participated in several group exhibitions and contemporary art fares in Israel and abroad. His paintings have also been sold in art auctions. In 2009 he has exhibited a successful solo exhibition titled "Energy" in Ronit Raphael House in Tel Aviv, followed in 2010 by another successful exhibition titled "24/7 Contermporary Futurism" in Tel Aviv's Prima Gallery.

 
Ryan Rakover

Ryan Rakover

Name: One
Year: 2010
Medium: Acrylic Latex on Canvas
Size: 8" x 12"
Starting Bid: $80
Retail: $160


Name: Elephant Walk
Year: 2010
Medium: Acrylic Latex on Canvas
Size: 8" x 12"
Retail: $160
Buy it Now: $80


Ryan Rakover's artistic engagement began when he moved from America to Hong Kong at age six. Rakover spent ten years living in Asia, residing in Hong Kong as well as Taiwan, until his family moved to Manhattan, where, by then a teenager, he began formal art studies at the Art Students' League. Rakover's training continued with a BFA degree in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (May 2005). His artwork makes constant reference to relocation and city life. Living and traveling throughout major urban areas of the Far East, specifically South East Asia has influenced the compositions, textures, and surface treatments of his work. Rakover made Aliyah in January of 2009 and since then he is exploring, for the first time, the aesthetic impact of living in Israel. In February 2009 Rakover was awarded במיוחד מצטיינ from the government of Israel. In the Summer of 2010 Rakover was an artist in residence - 2D instructor at the American Jewish University Los Angeles. Over the last 10 months Rakover has spent time traveling in the UK, Rome, Mexico and Brazil counting to build his visual vocabulary.

Rakover's paintings are direct representations of the undulations of his life, and every time he enters his studio he finds himself under the sway of places and their art-making histories. Rakover's paintings' etched lines recall the delicate markings of Asian calligraphy. The Old Masters are a constant reference, especially in his use of the grid, which the Renaissance masters, employed to translate large-scale images to wall frescos. The grid also pays homage to the urban settings that have been the backdrop of Rakover's life. His internal library of inspiration continues to grow, and his paintings shift, tilt, and flex as memories of location fill his mind.

 
Rebecca Schweiger

Rebecca Schweiger

Name: Beyond
Year: 2001
Media: Oil and mixed media on canvas
Size: 60" x 48"
Retail: $15,000
Buy it Now: $7,000


Name: To Be Free
Year: 2008
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 60" x 48"
Retail: $15,000
Buy it Now: $7,000


Rebecca Schweiger is an Internationally Renowned Artist based in New York City. Her artwork has been displayed in over 50 galleries and museums throughout the world, and her work is included in hundreds of private collections. Her artwork is currently exhibited at Walter Wickiser Gallery in Chelsea, NYC, Keifer Gallery in Idyllwild, California, JBS Gallery in NYC, and Rosen Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida. Rebecca is the Founder/CEO of The Art Studio NY, the #1 rated Manhattan art school that inspires the joy and freedom of authentic self-expression in their thousands of adult students. Her work has been reviewed by NBC, ABC, Japan's Fuji TV, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, and dozens of other world-wide publications.

Rebecca's artwork is a sensitive, intimate, and evocative reflection of the ongoing human journey towards spiritual and emotional evolution. In her artwork, she explores the essence of the human being and the mystery of life itself at its core; her artwork is a symbol of the transcendent human spirit. Each canvas invokes the viewer to enter a contemplative, magical and bold world created within the canvases' walls where the meditative, honest energy created through paint,color, and a wide variety of artistic materials, often uplifts and soothes the viewer, and at other times, encourages the viewer to move beyond the physical reality and enter a contemplative space within. Through versatile, energetic marks created by a full range of traditional and non-traditional materials, each artwork serves as a welcoming invitation into the profound, intimate relationship with one's Divine authentic self.

The presence of the "Divine", the mysterious life force that lives within all living beings, flows like a river through each of Rebecca's artworks and offers an opportunity for dialogue with one's "true self". While she moves through the process of expressing thoughts, feelings, emotions, ideas and perceptions, her artwork creates a visual language of the true essence and spirit that exists within all. In each painting, the viewer is invited to explore his or her own unique experience of spirited connection, unrestrained freedom, joy, inner-peace, and communion with truth.

Further information about Rebecca Schweiger may be found at www.rebeccarts.com.

 
Tal Shpantzer

Tal Shpantzer

Name: Elena
Medium: C-print
Size: 11" x 14"
Retail: $750
Buy it Now: $375


Israeli born photographer Tal Shpantzer has been based in New York since 2000, holding three citizenships, Tal has spent several years studying & shooting in Tel-Aviv, Prague & Europe after graduating from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1996, with a B.F.A. degree in Photography/Media Art.

Her work has been published and exhibited internationally. Most recently a portrait of artist Kiki Smith in W Magazine. She is the recipient of a Soros Center for Contemporary Art grant for her Limbus Diary series, and a Morrison Vanderlip media award. Tal is currently preparing a show with Witzenhausen Gallery, working on her book project, and collaborating with Obscure Object Films, to animate her photos into live videos for clients and multimedia installations.

 
Doni Simons

Doni Simons

Name: Untitled -Antiquities
Year: 2009
Media: Acryllic, paper, board
Size: 12" x 12"
Retail: $850
Buy it Now: $425


DONI SILVER SIMONS is a painter, installation, and performance artist. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Silver Simons received a Bachelor of Studio Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing from Wayne State University, Detroit, in 1975. She was in the forefront of that city's vibrant art scene with her powerful solo and group work. In the late 1970s, Silver Simons relocated to Los Angeles and participated in a number of seminal solo and group projects including Caesura III (performance, Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, 1978); 1st Annual Downtown Artists Show, (exhibition, LACE, Los Angeles, 1978); 2nd Annual Downtown Artists Exhibition/Six Downtown Sculptors, (exhibition, LACE, Los Angeles, 1979); Caesura (a Study), (performance, University of California, Irvine, 1979); Doni Silver/Episodes (exhibition, LACE, Los Angeles, 1980); and Contemporaries: 17 Artists (exhibition, Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, 1980). Silver Simons' recent solo exhibitions include Center Justified; …lines…; Omer 5769; August (Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, 2007, 2009, 2009, and 2010, exhibition and performance, respectively); Marked (exhibition and performance, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, 2009), and the upcoming exhibition, It’s about time…, (Slutzky Art Gallery, Irvine, May,2011). Select group shows include; INCOGNITO (Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, 2010,2011); FRESH (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2009); It's a Numbers Game: Doni Silver Simons in the Projects Room (The Loft at Liz's, Los Angeles, 2010); Memory and Transformation, (Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, CA,2011), and Send Nothing to the Tate Modern; A Project by David Horvitz, (Tate Modern, London, England,2010). A recipient of numerous grants and commissions, Silver Simons' work is in many private collections and in the public collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts; the National Endowment of the Arts, Washington D.C.; and the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor. Silver Simons lives and works in Los Angeles.

 
Shira Toren

Shira Toren

Name: Three Views
Medium: Lithograph
Size: 20" x 29"
Retail: $300
Buy it Now: $150


Shira Toren is an emerging American-Israeli artist. Born in Tel-Aviv, She moved to New York City in 1978 to study fine art and design. She received her BFA from the Pratt Institute and An Associate Degree in Art Therapy from The New School, both in NYC. Ms. Toren is currently working in her studio in New York City and her studio in Hudson, New York. Toren has studied at The Art Student League under the guidance of renowned American painters William Scharf, Knox Martin Bruce Dorfman, Ronnie Landfield and Frank O’Cain. She is the recipient of the Henry Matisse Estate Scholarship, and twice the Blue Dot Award from The Arts Student League. Toren had worked as a fashion designer, and owned a home design studio. She also worked as a creative art therapist with foster care children, and young women who suffered from eating disorders. Helping them to understand and resolve difficulties through art and the use of a variety of materials. She is an innovator of various techniques in the field. She also worked facilitating art projects with children in New York City Public School.

 
David Wolk

David Wolk

Name: Mishan Mivtach La Tzadikim
Medium: Colored pencil on paper
Size: 12" x 16"
Retail: $350
Buy it Now: $175


American-born Wolk attended and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College, MA as an art major. He had looked for a major that would offer him an opportunity to come closer to the God and would allow him to express his deeper self and develop his inner life. Then, he received a scholarship to Queens College, then the New York Studio School and Yale University, consistently receiving the highest honors and sited for his outstanding artistic abilities.

In 1986, Wolk moved to Israel to study in a yeshiva in Jerusalem. He became a sofer, a scribe, making exceptional Torah scrolls, Mezzuzot, and other holy writings. Wolk married, has a family and now lives in Beit Shemesh.

Wolk uses letters from holy writings in his paintings and drawings. Letters interacted with other letters, with the colors of the background, the space of the foreground, the negative and positive shapes of each letter and layers of letters and patterns of colors one woven over another. While modern artist have been known to incorporate words in their art, the only artist Wolk could find who worked in a similar manner was the famous contemporary secular artist Jasper Johns. While there was much to learn from Johns, the artistic purposes of the two men were diametrically opposed. Johns sees letters as graphic symbols, as pictures connecting words, a visual art on a flat surface as in traditional writing. Wolk perceives that the Hebrew letters and alphabet are building blocks of the universe. This knowledge offers Wolk the extraordinarily profound security that he was seeking. He now works in the structure that sustains the world, the hidden essential element not easily found in secular artistic expression, but which is possible to realize when stepping over the line into “religious” art.

Wolk recently had a solo exhibition at the Hekel Shlomo Gallery, part of the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem. In-depth articles were written of him and his art in several magazines, one in France and several in Israel. The artist has also been accepted to show his paintings at the Jerusalem Theater. In 2009, he exhibited his art in Jerusalem at the Beis HaBaal Shem Tov. Visit Wolk’s website: www.davidbwolk.com

 
Rona Yefman

Rona Yefman

Rona Yefman & Tanja Schlander
Name: Pippi L. at Abu Dis #1
Year: 2006-2008
Medium: C Print
Size: 11" x 14"
Retail: $1500
Buy it Now: $750


Rona Yefman (b. 1972) lives in New York where she recently graduated from the MFA program at Columbia University. Her work has been featured in various venues worldwide, including Art Focus: Can Art Do More?, Jerusalem (2008); Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2006); MARCO Vigo, Spain (2006); Christian Ehrentraut Gallery, Berlin (2005); Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (2005); and Haifa Museum of Art (2001). Yefman is regularly commissioned to photograph for New York Magazine.

Yefman is known for her bold photographs and elaborate video projects. She has a longstanding collaboration with Tanja Schlander, titled "Pippi Longstocking, The Strongest Girl in the World!" (2006-8). Through video, performance, photography, text, and installation, Yefman and Schlander re-imagine Longstocking in contemporary terms, a heroine who takes on today’s challenges with humor, absurdity, grace, and amazing strength.