Edmonton edition: Our cover artist Timothy Mohan

Detail from 'On the Run' by Timothy Mohan

(AJNews) – The fabulous image on the cover of the Edmonton September edition of Alberta Jewish News is by a gifted contemporary artist – Timothy Mohan – titled “On the Run.”

The image features a glorious cobalt blue and depicts salmon swimming upstream “on the run.” The significance of the salmon run at this time of year for the Jewish calendar is that it happens at the end of the life cycle of the salmon, as a precursor to the beginning of a new life cycle. Similarly, Rosh Hashanah signifies the end of one year and the beginning of a new year.

There is additional symbolism in the fish imagery on the cover. Rosh Hashanah literally means the head of the year, and it is customary to serve fish with their heads on and to recite a blessing based on a verse in Deuteronomy: “May we be heads, not tails” — in other words, leaders rather than followers.

Mohan is well known to readers of Alberta Native News as he has been featured many times on the cover and inside the pages of Alberta Native News over the last 20 years and his covers are among the most complimented.  He is a prolific artist and his art crosses as many genres as his imagination allows ranging from wildlife to Aboriginal Spiritual themes to Rock and Roll legends and environmental activism themes. Within each painting there are often hidden images so there is always something new to discover.

Self-taught and colour blind, Mohan combines photography, painting and drawing to create vibrant art that is influenced by his Native ancestry.

About his artistic process, Mohan says, “What many seem to appreci­ate in my artwork is the way multiple visual elements, derived from a variety of sources and inspirations, including my Native ancestry, wildlife and nature, are fused together into a multilayered, cohesive whole. To achieve that end result, I combine different artistic mediums, applying modern tools and techniques to the creative process.”

Mohan’s art can be found in many private and public collections. He has recently participated in solo and group exhibitions in galleries in Ontario as well as in select cities in the US. His beautiful images are also available as wearable art and home decor. Click here to view and purchase his prints and wearable art.

Mohan is also very kindhearted and generous and gives back to the community whenever possible – particularly to the Canadian Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, Big Brothers/Big sisters and Mothers Against Drunk Driving – all very worthy endeavours that are close to his heart.

Tim’s stunning glossy prints are available for purchase at artofmohan.com. “On the Run” looks gorgeous on the cover of our September Edmonton edition and it is even more breathtaking as a glossy print in a frame.  The prints are very reasonably priced and make great gifts – for yourself or your friends.

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