The Visual Word

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Artwork of Michael Falk (b. 1929)

One of the most beautiful contemporary collections of biblical scenes I know of is by an artist named Michael Falk. Falk is a commercial artist and his works are posted online for viewing. The picture below is entitled "Jacob Blessing Ephraim and Manasseh." Here is a little bibliographic information of Falk:

Michael Falk was born in Germany in 1929. Following the events of the Crystal Night in November 1938, his parents, recognizing the dangers ahead, managed to obtain permission for him to leave the country. At the age of 10, he left his parents behind in Germany and traveled alone to Ireland, where he found refuge. Michael was taken in by a foster family in Dublin, who cared for him until the end of World War II. While in Dublin, Michael was accepted at the National College of Art, where he studied until 1946.

In 1946 Michael rejoined his parents, who had managed to escape the holocaust and were able to settle in the U.S. In New York, he continued his studies in art, attending the Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering in New York.

In 1950 Michael immigrated to Israel, joining Kibbutz Gal-On in the Northen Negev of Israel, where he worked in farming. In 1957 he moved his family to a moshav (small holders co-op) where he raised sheep and grew avocados. Throughout the entire period, Michael continued to engage in art, spending whatever free time he could find to paint.

Since retiring from farming in 1991, Michael Falk has devoted himself entirely to painting. Many of his themes are taken from the Old Testament, but his paintings also reveal his deep love for the land and animals which have been so much a part of his adult life.

Michael's paintings have been exhibited in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and are to be found in private collections in Israel and abroad.

A sample of Falk's beautiful work in his website

URL: http://www27.brinkster.com/mfalk/BibleStories.htm Make sure you view his 10 plagues of Egypt collection.

1 Comments:

  • At 12:02 AM, Blogger M said…

    You may want to have a look at Michael's new site, which replaces the one to which you linked.

    http://mfalk.brinkster.net/

     

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