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Artist Expresses Love for Jerusalem through Art

Jerusalem Beckons, by Jordana Klein

Jerusalem Beckons, by Jordana Klein

Jordana Klein is an American/Israeli artist with a passion for creating beautiful, Judaica-themed paintings.

When she was a child, Klein discovered that painting was a sort of therapy for her. It was equal parts calming and exhilarating, as she was able to see different ideas and images she had in her mind come to life on paper.

After deciding that becoming an artist was her calling, Klein studied her craft at several elite NY art schools and, after arriving in Israel, she continued her education at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Klein, who works in a studio located in the Cardo in the Old City of Jerusalem, said that being able to paint in the Old City inspires her. It’s the combination of the spiritual and physical nature of the Holy City that she sees as the embodiment of Judaism. Through her art, she tries to “portray Judaism and the Torah as alive, splendid and spiritual”.

The styles of her paintings are very diverse, which is something that Klein is very proud of. She tells a story about a young artist who recently began working at the same studio as her, and was amazed when he found out that all of her artwork was created by one artist.

While her range of styles is impressive, one thing that remains constant throughout all of her work is the relationship between color, light and movement.

 

A good example of her different styles are Shabbat Table and Jerusalem Beckons.

Jerusalem Beckons is a still life painting of a dozen Jerusalem doors and windows. Just looking at this picture gives you a longing for Jerusalem. The entranceways, complete with the classic Jerusalem stone, are inviting people into the homes of Jerusalem.

In the Shabbat Table, Klein uses bold colors and abstract designs to show off the beauty of the Shabbat. In the middle of the picture are two of the most

recognizable symbols of Shabbat, the candlesticks and the challah, with colors running through them. The flowing colors can be seen as a passage from one week to the next, with the Shabbat table as the link that connects them.

Over the past 20 years, Klein has built quite an impressive catalog of over 400 paintings. She likes to focus on the unique architecture, scenery and flora of Israel. She has a wonderful line of Judaica paintings that includes scenes from the Bible, a series of prayers and blessings and paintings depicting Jewish holidays.  

Klein works with a number of different materials and methods when she creates art. This includes fine art oil paintings, giclee prints and working with a variety of surfaces, such as glass, wood, ceramic tiles, aluminum and more.

Jerusalem-Beckons

Jerusalem Beckons Painting

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Product Description

There is something about Jerusalem that calls out to people of all ages, religions and cultures. It’s a city with a living history, and a story behind every door.
Jerusalem Beckons is a beautiful piece which encapsulates the personal and yet mysterious quality of the homes that make up this ancient hub of the world. The painting by Jordana Klein depicts a dozen Jerusalem doorways and windows welcoming people to the city.
The painting comes in 10″ x 13″ canvas.

Dimensions: 10″x13″
25.4×35.5 cm

About the Artist
Jordana Klein is an American/Israeli artist with a passion for creating beautiful Judaica themed paintings. Klein, who works in a studio located in the Cardo in the Old City of Jerusalem, said that being able to pain in the Old City inspires her. It’s the combination of the spiritual and physical nature of the Holy City that she sees as the embodiment of Judaism. Through her art, she tries to “portray Judaism and the Torah as alive, splendid and spiritual.”

In the Bible

The built up Jerusalem us like a city that is united together…may there be peace within your wall, serenity within your palaces
--PSALMS 122 3:7

Returning to, and rebuilding, Jerusalem is a theme that is prevalent throughout the Torah. Despite living before the First Temple was built, King David wrote songs in Psalms that talked about the renewal of Jerusalem. According to some opinions, King David was composing this verse to be sung after the First Temple was built. Others are of the opinion that he is prophesizing about the final days of redemption and the rebuilding of the Third Temple. In 1948 the well established and long standing community in the Jewish old quarter had been exiled by a victorious Jordanian Legion. Many of their homes and synagogues were razed to the ground. As depicted in this painting, and described by King David in this verse, the Jewish people lived to see the old city renewed and their homes rebuilt with bueaty and artistry.

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