Ben Avram Edward
Ben Avram Original Paintings
Ben avram Serigraph
Ben Avram is an artist who lives and breathes Jerusalem in most of his oil paintings and water colors. The characters he depicts are not creations of a stranger overcome with the exotic. They are figures of people in their own world, harmony between man and his environment, a full life.
His themes are mainly landscapes of his beloved Jerusalem, her arched alleyways, steep narrow streets, spires, citadels and gates in the walls of the ancient city. His delicate watercolor seascapes of Jaffa and Acre have a minimal regard for nature's laws but make use of the light and rhythm of a real Mediterranean seacoast.
Ben Avram understands and captures the special quality of sunlight and local colors of Israel in his paintings. The subjects are hinted at rather than explicit, but some details are nevertheless clearly presented. Ben Avram stimulates our imagination but does not tell the story from A to Z. This is art which does not preach but gets to the heart of the matter by way of allusions.
Each effort carries his indelible stamp: the lively stroke, the split-second sensation of a genial eye recorded by a confident hand. He sees the essence of things, at once selects the important and discards the unnecessary. There is a refinement and ease in his drawing that manages to capture the poetry of a place.
With his penchant for filigreed designs and bright colors, Edward Ben Avram betrays some influences of his Indian boyhood. But the subjects that he paints so gracefully with a touch of Oriental lyricism are scenes of Jerusalem, his home for over 20 years.
He approaches his canvases with a spontaneous vigor, arriving at a semblance of actual scenes through an accumulation of lines against areas of color. His oils are rich performances of decoration, his water colors and gouaches remain fresh, illuminated by transparencies that recall the clean light of Israel.