Divine inspiration

Hassidic artist Jacob Zapolyansky, aka Yom Tov, now has an exhibition in Jerusalem.

September 2, 2011 17:33
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Yom Tov

art by Yom Tov 311. (photo credit: Yom Tov)

With works exhibited at prestigious galleries in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Zurich, as well as many private collections around the globe, hassidic artist Jacob Zapolyansky, aka Yom Tov, now has an exhibition in Jerusalem, and it is very surprising indeed.

His work, described as “passionate and powerful,” revolves around religious subjects, as well as the abstract.

Born in communist Russia, he discovered Judaism only in the early 1990s, and it transformed his painting. When Chabad started opening centers in Russia, he found his way in and began studying a variety of Jewish texts. It was Ecclesiastes, the work by King Solomon with its powerful emotions and imagery, that inspired Yom Tov to do a series of paintings – a series that landed him his first show.

He describes the night it all began, the night of a lunar eclipse. As the night went on and he studied into the wee hours, the eclipse seemed to describe what he was reading. It was too much to be a coincidence. This experience turned out to be something of a turning point for him. He’s never looked back, either from his spiritual growth or from his painting.

Yom Tov lives in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife.

Kohelet, an exhibition by artist Yom Tov, Heichal Shlomo museum, 58 King George Ave.. Jerusalem. Open Sun. – Thurs from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Images can be seen on YouTube.

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