“Wherever I go I am going to Jerusalem” a place of diversity, friends and color.
Jerusalem is the heart of the world, the light of the world, and a house of prayer for all the nations.
Jerusalem is a city of overwhelming emotions, a place that promises a religious and spiritual experience. This city of peace is one of the four holy cities in Israel that symbolizes “fire”.
Fire is complex, but the importance of Jerusaelm is that it can build and bring people together through its vibrancy and sacred light. This Holy City of Jerusalem is perhaps the most significant, and almost certainly the best-known religious city in the world. In no other single place can you find a concentration of sites sacred to not just one, but three major world religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
During classical antiquity, Jerusalem was considered the center of the world, where God resided. The city of Jerusalem is given special status in Jewish religious law. In particular, Jews outside Jerusalem pray facing its direction. “And God said: “Take now thy son, thine only son, whom thou lovest, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah (Jerusalem); and offer him their for a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains (temple mount) which I will tell thee of.”
Calman Shemi and Yoel Benharrouche both express the effervescence of Jerusalem by their different uses of vivid color and dynamic techniques. Calman Shemi keeps a special place in his heart for Jerusalem, the city of Gold.
In his paintings of Jerusalem, Shemi creates paintings that portray this brilliant holy city through passionate strokes of line and color. In one of his paintings, “Jerusalem of Gold” he captures the essence of Jerusalem by painting a gleaming gold lacquer in the background of the outlined colored city. The colors he chose create a rainbow spectrum because they blend together just as the diverse people of Jerusalem integrate together. In addition, his paintings exhibit the dynamic and beautiful architecture and history of Jerusalem.
Yoel Benharrouche “Les Anges De Jerusalem” represents the angels of Jerusalem by expressing that every such angel is yearning for good. Yoel's works are deeply spiritual and in most of his work you'll see hints of the holy city and its mysterious symbolism.
We can help beautify and restore balance to our world by mounting the wings of the angels and dispersing the great light. Every stone that built up Jerusalem has a significant and historical story, just like each artist’s drawings and paintings tell their own individual story. “Without Jerusalem, the land of Israel is as a body without a soul.”