The Seven Festivals by David Sharir

What a joy to begin the High Holy Day season exhibiting the bold and colorful, The Seven Festivals by David Sharir. The portfolio of seven original hand screened serigraphs depict the holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Succoth, Tu B’Shvat, Pessach, Hannukah, Purim, and Shavuoth.  They were created between the years 1976 and 1980 and executed at Atelier Yedagraph in Tel Aviv. The edition in our collection is 20/225.

The artist, David Sharir was born in 1938 in Tel Aviv and began to study art in Florence and Rome where he focused on architecture and theater design. His set designs for the Habima, Israel’s National Theater and the Opera Company of Boston in the 1970’s featured intricate stage design and brightly colored sets. After moving to Jaffa in 1966 he continued to develop his distinct style that combines personal experience, Biblical symbolism and a sense of fantasy and imagination. His solo exhibits include the Pucker Gallery in Boston and the Safrai Gallery in Jerusalem as well as several solo museum exhibitions in the United States, Germany and Israel. Currently he and his family live in Tel Aviv where he continues to create art.

Rabbi Harvey J. Fields states in the Introduction to the Portfolio, “David Sharir, an Israeli born artist, grew up and achieved maturity together with the emergence and development of the State of Israel. His work is unique within Israel’s contemporary art and it builds a world which relates to elements of a specific physical reality and to its visions and dreams…With this portfolio on the holidays, David Sharir offers a rich cluster of new insights and some intriguing surprises as he examines and portrays Jewish tradition. His inspiration sprouts out of a fresh encounter with Jewish literary sources, and out of a secular Israeli background urgently inquisitive, and delightfully playful.”

The portfolio The Seven Festivals by David Sharir was a recent generous gift to The Temple Museum of Jewish Art, Religion and Culture by Dr. Eugene and Janet Winkelman, of blessed memory.