Although a non-religious
person, Ittai Altshuler draws inspiration for his highly colorful paintings
from the Kabbala and Hasidism.
Altshuler explains, “Hasidism connects life with joy and with a feeling
of plenty.” A key word to express Ittai’s works is vitality – the very essence
of life and joy of life.
Ittai’s works are full of vitality, a sense of purpose, and the sheer wonder
|Oil on canvas 100 cm x 100 cm
Self-taught in the arts, Altshuler has a degree in history from The Hebrew
University of Jerusalem, as well as a degree in systems engineering from
the Technion, Haifa. The son of Holocaust survivors, Altshuler was born in
Jerusalem in 1963. While serving in the Israel Defense Forces, he suffered
a traumatic accident which became a turning point in his life. He feels the
need to create art and poetry that bring joy to the world – and must follow
that path wherever it takes him.
|Oil on canvas 30 cm x 30 cm
Besides creating fine arts, Ittai is an accomplished poet
and has written two books of poetry. In addition, Altshuler illustrated
a limited edition of the poetry of Israeli poet, and Noble Prize candidate,
Shin Shalom, published by Even Hoshan.
Altshuler considers his world outlook to be less Israeli and more Jewish,
with Israeli meaning more aggressive and Jewish being equal to “full of
life”. Unlike music, or stories, or graphics, Altshuler feels that pictures
have no beginning or end. “I allow people to become creative. I work to give
them a feeling of humanity.”
Altshuler combines the tools of the computer, graphics, and handmade paper
to humanize his art. Influenced by Barnett Newman, Mondrian, and Klee, Altshuler’s
works are filled with geometric shapes and intense color. Even his watercolors
are intensely colored, an unusual step for a watercolorist to take.
Text by Judith Isaacson.
Photos copyright Ittai Altshuler.