Bracha Lavee, An Artist of Israel
Bracha Lavee, an Israeli artist whose work exemplifies the sites, the inhabitants and the soul of the Holy Land. Lavee’s paintings depict her surroundings and environment, what she sees and feels each day experiencing the Holy Land first hand. Her works provide a personal record of the story of Israel through her unique artistic point of view.
Born in Poland in 1948 Bracha Lavee immigrated to Israel at the age of nine in 1957. Her family settled in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. After completing school and compulsory IDF service, Bracha was admitted to the renowned Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem where she excelled. Her experiences growing up in the Galilee of the newly formed State of Israel shaped her world view and influenced her artistic point of view.
Bracha Lavee’s first international accolades were for her felt tapestries. Large scale and spectacular, this original Holy Land art has a modern yet traditional feel and are created in a rich three-dimensional relief, just like the landscape of Israel itself.
Bracha’s Israel art delineates the contours of the landscape and are charged with the vitality of the Holy Land. In each work the viewer can feel her adoration and respect for the Land of Israel. Her inspiration comes directly from the energy of the holy city of Jerusalem, the passion of Biblical stories and the rugged beauty of the Galilee.
The tapestries are formed by using a strikingly beautiful new art form invented by the artist herself. They employ bright semi-tropical colors and use techniques which combine the warmth of a tapestry with the precision of painting. To own a one of these extraordinary Bracha Lavee original tapestries is to actually own a small piece of the Holy Land and will create a ray of spiritual light in any setting.
Besides her tapestries, there is an amazing series of Bracha Lavee prints. These are signed works taken from segments of her tapestries. These all use the same vivid colors and dramatic lines characteristic of her work. Additionally, she has added an element of luster to her prints through the use of carefully placed gold highlights.
Bracha Lavee is an artist and designer whose infinite awe and love of Israel allows her to create works of Israel art that are beautiful and through which one feels the very pulse of the Holy Land.