Beautiful Watercolors of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem cafes
Recently I came across a new blog, Drawing Tel Aviv, and fell in love. The artist behind the fabulous watercolors of everyday life in Tel Aviv is Carol Feldman, an olah from Oklahoma, now living in Tel Aviv. What struck me is how she captures Israeli life so perfectly – just look at the guy reading the Ma’ariv Hebrew daily newspaper, with Crocs, sitting next to a sprawled out stray cat. Carol also paints the ubiquitous corner Tel Aviv cafe. I also loved her painting of humus and Israeli money. Also see what israelplug had to say about this great new talent.
The other artist whose cafe scenes I wouldn’t mind hanging in my living room (hint, hint generous reader-turned-artwork-donor) are the watercolors by Azriel Cohen. Raised in Toronto, Canada, Azriel now tours the world and paints cafes and city life wherever he goes. Actually, I met him on one of his adventures to Sinai in Egypt in January or February 2005, I can’t remember (oy!). He heard me and my friends speaking English and we started talking. Here are some words of wisdom about going to Sinai in the winter months: Don’t be fooled thinking “Egypt, that is south of Israel, and probably warm”. Don’t do it unless you enjoy being very, very cold! I rummaged around and actually found the picture of us with Azriel(far left):
In response to the intifada, Azriel painted a wonderful series of Israeli and Arab cafes in Jerusalem, and dubbed his collection “The Traveling Jerusalem Cafe”. His project aims to show a fresh perspective of Israeli and Arab culture.
Here’s the official explanation from his site:
Many aspects of both Israeli and Palestinian cultures are overlooked by most people in the world because of the fixation on conflict. The Traveling Jerusalem Café is a multi-media experience including paintings, interviews, textiles, music, coffee and storytelling that shares an intimate encounter with everyday culture in Israeli (West) and Palestinian (East) Jerusalem. Azriel began to research Jerusalem’s café houses at a time when the city was filled with tension and fear because of the second Intifada. First he explored West Jerusalem’s café culture where he lived. He then crossed to the other side of the city, something rarely done by Jews, and explored East Jerusalem’s café culture.
Have fun exploring these artists’ web sites, and maybe you’ll even see their artwork hanging in your local cafe.. or in my home (anyone?).