Gallery > Rebbe Series

2021
A Pious One
Oil
12"x9"
2010
A Shabbes Surprise
Acrylic
40"x30"
2011
Early One Morning
Oil
24"x30"
2011
Elijah in the Wilderness
Acrylic
36"x36"
2010
Off to Shul
Oil
16"x20"
2011
Seven Candles
Acrylic
40"x30"
2011
Friday Night at the Rebbe's House
Acrylic on Canvas
5'x5'
1999
The Rebbe Writes a Letter
Acrylic on Canvas
50"x50"
2004
The Rebbe Finds a Crown
Acrylic on Canvas
20"x16"
2006
The Rebbe Picks an Apple
Acrylic on Canvas
20"x16"
2006
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The Rebbe at His Well
Acrylic on Canvas
20"x16"
2006
The Rebbe Reaches for the Moon
Acrylic on Canvas
16"x20"
2006
The Rebbe Plants His Garden
Acrylic on Canvas
20"x16"
2004
The Rebbe Repairs His Roof
Watercolor
30"x18"
2004
The Shabbat Dance
Oil on Canvas
20"x16"
2006
The Rebbes Dance!
Oil on Canvas
20"x16"
2006
Circle of Joy
Oil on Canvas
16"x20"
2006
The Rebbe's Embrace
Oil on Canvas
20"x16"
2006
A Light in the Darkness
Oil on Canvas
20"x16"
2006
On Simhat Torah
Oil on Canvas
20"x16"
2006
The Rebbe Blurs the Line
Oil on Canvas
20"x16"
2006

The Rebbe is a popular figure in Jewish folklore who is imbued with mystical powers. In these paintings Jewish mysticism and the symbolism of the Kabbalah are explored in a lighthearted way. Each painting tells the story of the mystical happenings that unexpectedly occur as the Rebbe goes about his ordinary life. The Rebbe lives in a very simple world but these mystical happenings are a part of his everyday life.

The paintings in The Rebbe Series explore everyday life in rural Eastern Europe during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Planting his garden, drawing water from his well or observing the Sabbath can all lead to great mystical experiences. These events lead to spiritual joy, which is the highest attainment of the Jewish soul. Each work is unique but all share the common theme of simple spiritual joy. He transcends dreams of earthly paradise and does not simply dream of a perfect world - he experiences one.

Some paintings show specific religious holidays while others focus on the simple life that the Rebbe leads. In a somewhat surrealistic style these paintings combine bright colors with Kabalistic symbols. The numbers 3, 7, 10, 12, 22 and 43, each with their own Kabalistic meaning, appear in the form of hands, stars, flames, etc. Most are painted in acrylic or oil but I also include drawings and watercolors in the series.

Paintings from this series have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions including Gates of Eden Gallery in Peoria, IL and Perkins Gallery in Stoughton , MA.