Baruch Nachshon Portfolio

   A few notes on my style of painting Many have been confused by the stylistic tendency of my painting and struggled to define it. There have been those who have found in it a confusion of forms and characters, following the style of the German artist Hieronymous Bosch. Others have discovered an Indian or Persian-inflected color palette or even abstraction of cursive lines after the fashion of ornamental Arabic script. Still, others see psychedelic tendencies suggestive of the school of Salvador Dali. To all of these, I answer: I paint, rather, under the influence of the Highest Providence. He brings before me the figures and leaves me only the task of committing them all to the canvas and completing the painting. On one occasion, as I prayed in Mearat Hamachpela, I saw with my mind’s eye a vision of the Heavens opening and a letter Yud peering from within. Ever since that day I have frequently employed this motif, in varying forms. Another related series of works was inspired by a Japanese professor with whom I had come into contact when he asked me to paint for him “the Angel Michael in meditation.” One dear friend, after completing a course of study in Chinese Medicine in China, brought me a long Chinese scroll. This inspired a compelling series of works that unfolded over the significant length. Under similar circumstances, my series of landscapes and my series inspired by the Book of Psalms found their genesis. I have always listened carefully to criticism, particularly that offered by individuals who have no understanding of the work or its context. This is the mode of true guidance for the artist, as a wise man once said: “love criticism for this will lift you to the desired heights.” My use of symbolism has developed over time. I slowly came to appreciate that I was making repeated use of symbolic elements as a poet plays with new turns of phrase. One can find in my work frequent groupings of seven or eighteen (numerologically representative of life (or chai) in Hebrew) and twenty-six (corresponding to an important Divine Name). Drops of dew are conspicuous, as are tongues of flame, the Holy Temple, the City of Jerusalem, winged candles, tefillin, and tzitzit. Also, angels’ wings, ladders, musical instruments and – broadly speaking- connections between heaven and earth. Baruch Nachshon



“Many generations already have passed, but the muse of painting in spiritual health has never attained its proper form – you will rectify this.” 
The Lubavitch Rebbe