Judaic Art :: Story-telling themes from Cordia Ezekiel

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Festival

Festival

The modern painting of the Jewish festival of Sukkot captures the essence of rejoicing in the land and giving thanks for a bountiful harvest. It serves as a powerful reminder that true security and protection come from a higher power. The vibrant shades of green and purple, accented with gold leaf, symbolize the abundance and richness of the blessings bestowed during this festive time. The artwork evokes a sense of celebration, gratitude, and spiritual connection to the divine source of all blessings.

Jacob’s Dream

Jacob’s Dream

This painting of Jacob’s dream mesmerises with its depiction of a spiritual stairway ascending to heaven, evoking a profound sense of transcendence and divine connection. Small angels hover delicately, serving as ethereal guardians, guiding and protecting us on our journey towards the light. The heavy texture and use of gold leaf add a sense of richness and sacredness to the composition, enhancing the awe-inspiring nature of the scene. The beautiful shades of blue and white evoke a sense of purity and serenity, creating a harmonious blend of colours. Through this artwork, the emotional journey depicted leads us out of the ordinary realm of existence and towards a place filled with hope, faith, and a profound sense of belief in the transcendent power of the divine.

Repentance

Repentance

This unique piece is one of my favourites. It conveys the emotion I felt standing in front of the Kotel not so long ago, watching the people in deep prayer, sharing their personal sorrows, repenting, asking for forgiveness and salvation.. This sculpture of the Wailing Wall stands as a
symbol of sorrow and solace, its ancient stones seemin
gly shedding tears of anguish as if the
very essence of the wall is weeping. Crafted from plaster over canvas, it glows in hues of
radiant gold and shimmering copper, casting a spellbinding aura of elegance and grief. In this poignant portrayal, the wall transcends its physical form to embody the collective emotions of the people, resonating with the deep pain and fervent prayers of those who seek solace and redemption. At that very moment, the wall seemed to be feeling the weight of the world’s sorrows, a silent witness full of of empathy and understanding.

The Miracle

The Miracle

A modern abstract painting depicting the people of Israel crossing the Red Sea is a mesmerizing portrayal of faith and hope in the divine. The waters take the form of a massive wave, twisting and splashing in a surreal vision that conveys a sense of awe and wonder. The heavy texture of the painting adds depth and complexity to the scene, while beautiful shades of green, blues, and orange create a harmonious blend of colours. The wave, floating in the sky, symbolises the miraculous nature of the event, adding a mystical element to the composition. The artwork captures the essence of the biblical story with a contemporary and abstract twist, inviting viewers to contemplate the power of faith and the beauty of divine intervention.

The Promise

The Promise

A poignant moment of a young boy deep in prayer. The scene exudes a sense of solemnity and devotion, as the boy’s fervent plea symbolises a sacred contract between him and the divine. In this intimate exchange, the boy humbly makes a request, whispers his deepest desires, offering his unwavering belief, faith, and hope in return. The painting portrays the ethereal atmosphere with a palette of beautiful shades of blue, creams, and browns, illuminated by the divine light that envelops the scene. This painting not only captures a moment of spiritual connection but also conveys the timeless essence of faith and the power of prayer.

The Flood – A new beginning

The Flood – A new beginning

I love this very vibrant painting using uplifting shades of turquoise, cerulean and cobalt blues. You can feel the movement and physical essence of the wave, crafted from a plethora of pebbles, sand and paint textures. The mix of different materials and techniques creates a sense of depth and richness, inviting you the viewer, to feel the movement and energy of the scene. The dove symbolizes the end of the destruction and the beginning of a new world.

The Crossing

The Crossing

This awesome painting holds a special place in my heart. The escape of the Jewish people from the darkness towards the light, full of hope and promise. A spiritual and emotional transformation that would forever shape the identity of the Jewish people. As they crossed the sea, walls of water towering on either side, the sheer miracle enveloped them. Bathed in the light of the divine, they knew that they had been truly blessed by a miracle of epic proportion. Gold leaf, glass crystals, texture and vibrant colours symbolise the richness of freedom.

Jerusalem a City of Colour

Jerusalem a City of Colour

I so enjoyed creating this very vibrant and magical Jerusalem! Strong bright colours, beautiful textures and a dream like composition. Bold reds, greens and strong blues capture the pure essence of this multicultural city, depicting unity, variety strength and peace. The painting is a celebration of the beauty of Jerusalem, a place where colours, textures and emotions intertwine to create ethe vibrant tapestry of life.

Weeping Jerusalem – a city of light and hope

Weeping Jerusalem – a city of light and hope

During a time of struggle and adversity, our beautiful Jerusalem is an orb of strength and power, of faith and hope. A monochromatic composition, using bold shades of black against stark whites and greys, accompanied by gold and copper. The paintings symbolise the constant bright light of Jerusalem through the darkness, which brings hope and salvation.

My Piece of Kotel

My Piece of Kotel

A 3D relief wall sculpture of the Wailing Wall, crafted from plaster and depicting white Jerusalem stone as the medium. The sculpture pays homage to the traditional building materials of Jerusalem and adds a layer of authenticity and symbolism to the piece. The inclusion of figures standing and praying brings a human element, capturing the timeless act of devotion and connecting viewers to the countless individuals who have come to the Wailing Wall to pray and reflect. This sculpture, serves as a poignant reminder of the spiritual significance of the site and the enduring connection of the Jewish people to their heritage.

Chassidim

Chassidim

My Chassidim never fail to make people smile! The comical painting captures a scene familiar in Jerusalem neighbourhoods, depicting Chassidic Jews gathering to pray and chat light-heartedly. The animated faces of the men exude a sense of fun and joy, adding a playful touch to the otherwise solemn act of prayer. Each character in the painting has a unique personality, with expressions that convey a mix of reverence and light-heartedness. The vibrant energy and camaraderie among the group create a sense of community and warmth, showcasing the human side of religious practice.

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof

It’s all about Tradition!
This painting captures the essence of the Fiddler on the Roof, tradition takes centre stage in a vibrant display of rich colours and textures. Gold, silver, and copper hues blend harmoniously, reflecting the cultural tapestry of this iconic figure. Different mediums and textures intertwine, creating a visual feast for the eyes that invites viewers to explore the depths of tradition and heritage. As you immerse yourself in this artwork, you are transported on a journey over a city steeped in hope and faith, where the timeless melodies of the fiddler resonate through the streets, echoing the resilience and spirit of a community bound by tradition and unity.

Jerusalem – a city of many cultures

Jerusalem – a city of many cultures

A mesmerizing painting of Jerusalem where narrow cobbled streets wind their way through the ancient city, each stone bearing the weight of centuries of history and faith. The walls of the buildings, weathered and textured, whisper stories of generations past. The entire city is enveloped in a golden glow, emanating from the hearts of the people who call it home, their faith and belief shining through in every corner. Amidst the labyrinth of streets, a rich tapestry of multicultural faces can be seen, each one a testament to the city’s different faiths and religions. The heavy texture of the painting, with its layers of paint and brushstrokes, adds depth and complexity to the scene, mirroring the intricate layers of emotion and spirituality that make up the essence of Jerusalem. It is a portrayal of a city where faith, emotion, multiculturalism, and diversity come together in a harmonious dance, creating a masterpiece of unity and peace.

The Prayer

The Prayer

A poignant painting capturing a moment of profound faith and emotion, a youth praying fervently at the Wailing Wall. The scene is bathed in a bright divine light shining from above, illuminating the ancient stones and casting a halo of spiritual energy around the figure. With eyes closed in deep concentration and hands pressed against the rough surface of the wall, the youth exudes a sense of strong belief and devotion. Th e power of prayer and repentance is palpable in the painting, as the youth seeks forgiveness and solace in the sacred space. The painting conveys a message of hope, redemption, and the transformative nature of faith, capturing the essence of a soul reaching out to the divine with unwavering trust and sincerity.

The View

The View

A captivating painting capturing a special view of the ancient city of Jerusalem, in the glorious evening light. The city is bathed in a stunning array of vibrant shades of blue, illuminated by hues of bright yellow and gold, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of colour and light. The heavy texture of the painting adds depth and richness, enhancing the intricate details of the ancient cityscape. The striking angle of the composition offers a unique perspective, drawing you the viewer, into the heart of the scene. Emotion and excitement in the air, the hidden city holds divine secrets and untold stories waiting to be unveiled. Faith permeates the atmosphere, intertwining with the beauty and mystery of the ancient city, inviting contemplation and wonder in the presence of something truly sacred and transcendent.

Kotel in the Sky

Kotel in the Sky

This abstract painting depicts the Wailing Wall floating in the sky, suggesting a divine vision or a dream floating past. The vibrant blues, yellows, and golds blend together to create a mesmerizing and spiritual atmosphere, evoking a sense of emotion and prayer whilst inviting the viewer to contemplate the significance of faith and connection to the divine.

The Apparition

The Apparition

This unique abstract painting of the Jerusalem skyline floating up towards the sky captures a divine apparition in the happening. The viewer is invited to participate in the dream, evoking a sense of mystique and wonder. The vibrant blues and contrasting copper lines create a hazy, almost surreal image. Paint dripping down the canvas signifies the connection between the physical below and the divine above, adding an emotional depth to the ethereal scene. Jerusalem rising towards the heavens invites contemplation and reflection on the intersection between the earthly and the spiritual.

The Descent

The Descent

A striking and captivating painting of the biblical story of Moses receiving the tablets of stone on Mount Sinai is brought to life with a contemporary twist.
The mountain, engulfed in big flames of fire, stands as a powerful symbol of the monumental event that unfolded in the history of the Jewish people. Below, the people of Israel gather in anticipation, standing in awe of the great miracle and the power of the divine. Strong vibrant colours of red, yellow, and blue splash across the canvas, creating a dynamic and lively visual representation of this sacred moment. The heavy texture adds a tactile element, inviting the viewer to touch and
immerse themselves in the intensity and depth of the scene, evoking a sense of connection to the spiritual significance of the story.

Jerusalem Sunflowers

Jerusalem Sunflowers

This abstract painting of the Jerusalem sunflowers showcasesstriking orange and yellow hues, with gold flowers that exude a sense of opulence and grandeur. The bright red and yellow colours stand out against a warm deep red background, creating a vibrant and dynamic composition. The heavy texture of the painting adds depth and dimension, inviting the viewer to explore the intricate details of each brushstroke. The use of vibrant colours and rich textures in this artwork captures the very essence of Jerusalem, a city of gold and light, full of vibrant colours and many faiths, rich in culture and history. The viewer is invited to contemplate and appreciate its natural beauty and wonder.