(AJNews) – Art and Scroll Studio is proud to host artist Lori Loebelsohn in presentation and conversation on Zoom, Wednesday March 17, at 7:00pm MST.
Lori Loebelsohn’s art can be seen as storytelling through the careful application of colour and form; with the use of symbols and details it becomes a “life story map” that features significant moments and events fashioning the portrait of a life. Although her paintings are complex, she keeps the composition flowing by preparing several preliminary sketches until she achieves an overall harmony in the design. When completed the finished work reads as a tenderly created whole that tells a delicate story.
Lori is a professional artist who specializes in creating Ketubot and other Judaic art. She enjoys working collaboratively with her clients to achieve unique painterly designs that blend ritual with important personal symbols. These works include a personalized Haggadah, home blessings, and many unique pieces for major life cycle events such as weddings, b’nai mitzvot, births, and milestone birthdays and anniversaries. Lori received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in NYC.
“I was fortunate to have had wonderful and encouraging art teachers not only in art school, but also in public school. They exposed me to the Old Masters, Modern art and the importance of art in society. I watched my mother work painstakingly in her studio creating beautiful fashion illustrations for Vogue and Bergdorf Goodman. I could feel the love of art in my blood. The idea of creating something brand new that has never existed before, especially when so many things are now mass produced, has always been extremely satisfying.”
Since 2005, she has focused on creating symbolic portraits that she calls, “Life Cycle Portraits.”These paintings include stories, memories and images that are symbolic representations of a person’s life or an important life cycle event. Her work has been greatly influenced by early American quilts, medieval Ketubot, stained glass and illuminated manuscripts. This body of work has evolved to include both religious and secular themes, as well as personal symbols.
Lori thoroughly contemplates the “family” of colours and the kind of mood she wants to create, with the main goal of maintaining a sense of colour harmony in the overall painting. Her palette is determined by the subject matter and the feeling that she wants to achieve.
She views it as an honour that her work is being used as part of many life-cycle celebrations. Long after the celebration is over, her painting remains as a reminder of that special time.
“My wish is that when people look at their painting through the years it brings back the feeling they had of that happy occasion. I am glad that my work is accessible to so many people. Also, I enjoy integrating seemingly disparate influences like stained glass and illuminated manuscripts into a painting and still have the painting feel whole. I plan to continue working in this way, but I hope to continue to evolve by experimenting with new techniques and materials in the future.”
Art and Scroll Studio is a monthly live Zoom series, based from Calgary, that celebrates the makers and creators of Judaica Arts. Each episode features an outstanding artist as they “show and tell” the arc of their career and their work. The artists answer questions about their passion, their history and their craft. The backstory of the work accompanies presentation of the images with interesting and engaging dialogue.
Lori Loebelsohn is the featured guest artist on Art and Scroll Studio March 17,2021 at 7:00 pm MST. For free tickets register at http://bit.ly/Getticketshere