ARIE LAMDAN
About Me



Personal details

When I look around my studio, I, an Israeli artist, see my paintings staring at me from the walls, from the shelves, standing on the floor or poised on the easel, and I cannot help but ask the question: "Are these the works of one artist?" With each new work I am faced with the need to choose one of the many different styles at my command, through which I may express my current thoughts or feelings. It is the experience itself which dictates the appropriate mode of expression.

For many years, as an artist living in Israel, I have painted Israeli landscapes as well as the old people of my city, Rishon-Le-Zion - playing chess in the park, or sitting idly on the sidewalk benches, their tired eyes fixed on the people strolling by. Here I try to catch the fleeting touch of sadness in an old man's face, or the hint of a smile on the dark wrinkled face of an old Yemenite woman. To capture them in paint I turn to impressionism, using swift dashes of color on canvas to create a painted symphony of all the colors of the rainbow.

Being an Israeli artist I am, at times, overwhelmed by dark thoughts about this "land of milk and honey" that has become for me a "land that devours its people", what with endless war, terrorist attacks, explosions wreaking havoc in the city squares, stabbings and suicide bombings. Then, out of sadness and suppressed anger I find myself painting works like "Hemmed in" or "Despair" (and I am really an optimist by nature). Now I must turn to surrealism-symbolism to convey the sense of fear, of mystery, and to translate this nightmare into line and color on canvas.

For me painting is a means of expressing, in a visual and interpretative form, all that I feel and experience in my life, my dreams, awake and in sleep. The touch of the paintbrush on canvas can be the gentle stroke of a lover's hand, the nervous taps of an agitated person, or the bold stabbings of a killer spurred on by a boundless rage.

My paintbrush, dipped in paint, flutters and dances before my eyes and time and time again, I am filled with awe to discover where my brush may lead me.





Born in Israel in 1944; Married and father of three; Resides in Rishon Le Zion.

    Education
  • 1962 - 1966     Bachelor of Fine Arts, Massachussetts College of Art, Boston, U.S.A
  • 1962 - 1966     Bachelor of Jewish Education, Hebrew Teachers' College, Boston, U.S.A.
  • 1974 - 1976     Advanced course in etching with Tuvia Beri
  • 1994               Completed course for tour leaders abroad
  • Since 1970       Member of Israel Artists' Guild
  • 1981 - 1982     Member of "Group of Six"
  • 1980 - 1993     Member of Art Committee of "Bet Yad Lebanim"
                          One of the founders of the Artists' Association of Rishon Le Zion.


    One Man Exhibitions
  • 1961              Boston, U.S.A.
  • 1971, 1974     Chemerinsky Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv
  • 1971-1988     Yurek Gallery, Ramat Hasharon
  • 1976              Le Cadre Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 1977, 1978     Sara Kishon Gallery, Tel-Aviv
  • 1986              Artists' House, Tel-Aviv
  • 1988, 1991     Art Museum, Holon
  • 1988              Amalia Arbel Art Gallery, Rishon Le Zion
  • 1989              Shir-Art Gallery, Rishon Le Zion
  • 1994              Artists' House, Rishon Le Zion ("Body building - a fleeting line")
  • 1995              Art Center, Rishon Le Zion ("Land that devours its people")
  • 1998              Sculpture exhibition, Art Center, Rishon Le Zion
  • 2000              Watercolor exhibition, Bet Yad Lebanim, Rishon Le Zion
  • 2001              Sculpture exhibition, "Hamigdal", Tel-Aviv
  • 2004              Art Center, Rishon Le Zion - large format drawings
  • 2006              Gallery Ca'nirei, Zikhron Ya'akov, "Junk passed over"


    Group Exhibitions
  • 1968              Artists' House, Jerusalem.
  • 1976              Basel Art Exhibit, Switzerland
  • 1977              "Lenhard" Gallery, Koln, Germany.
  • 1981, 1982     Exhibitions with the "Group of Six"
  • 1987              Bat-Yam Museum.
  • 1989              Artists' House, Tel-Aviv (Homage to Rembrandt).
  • 1990              Sculpture Park, Tzrifin ("The Motorcyclist").
  • 1991              International Sculpture Exhibition, Rishon Le Zion ("Don Quixote").
  • 1992              Exhibition at the Winery, Rishon Le Zion (Wine Festival).
  • 1993              Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Arts Center, Rishon Le Zion.
  • 1996              Ora Abrahami Gallery, Rishon Le Zion ("Travel Impressions").
  • 2000              "To another thousand years of painting", Arts Center, Rishon Le Zion.
  • 2001              Museum of the Plain, Kfar Menahem.
  • 2002              Museum of the Plain, Kfar Menahem.
  • 2004              "The Group of Six", Sarah Kishon Gallery, Tel Aviv.
                       


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