Friday, February 28, 2020
Stuart Nedelman, a local artist, came to visit the Klau Library to look at some books on Judaica artwork which could be incorporated in his paintings and drawings. A widely published artist, Stuart is a master of many mediums and artforms, including metalwork, sculpture, stonework, drawing, and painting. His art is extremely expressive and imaginative, and viewers will be arrested by the depth of color and form that wends its way throughout his works.
While chatting with the artist, one of our circulation staff members mentioned that our next exhibit will feature Elijah the Prophet. Stuart immediately asked if he could make a painting of Elijah’s Cup to contribute to the exhibit. As Stuart set up a temporary studio space in our library, we were able to capture him at work and watch the artistic process -from gathering inspiration for his piece, to working on placement and arrangement. We are were thrilled to accompany him for a part of his artistic journey and very honored to be able to include a personalized piece in our new exhibit.
The Elijah’s Cup, now complete, is comprised of antiquated elements from the 19th century, mother of pearl, and ink and other pigments, in a collage style. Themes from Elijah’s bible narrative, including the birds who fed Elijah in Wadi Crith, Mount Carmel where Elijah’s momentous battle with the false Ba’al prophets took place, and an angel of God who revived Elijah in the dessert, are featured in this striking piece.
Pictured here is Stuart adding gold paint and additional elements to one of his works in progress. You can also see the beginnings of his work on Elijah’s cup, the completed Elijah’s Cup, and some other of his fantastic pieces.
Come visit the Klau Library to see this one-of-a-kind work of art and explore our new exhibit Elijah: From Prophet to Redeemer.