דוד ברוך וולק
אמנות מופשטת דרך פנימה אל הקודש
I produce paintings and drawings which have as their end, not principally aesthetic enjoyment, rather spiritual illumination. They are works produced with the intention of elucidating the life of what I strive to be; an eved Hashem, a servant of The Holy One, Blessed is He.
I consider my choice of the pursuit of art as part of my larger search for my true purpose in life, with the underlying belief that nothing is accidental in the nature of my existence and in the form of my life; and to search out and realize the secrets of my existence–this is my task and measure of all my success. The search for expression of inner truth in art-making led me discover the Eternal, the Holy Torah, and my true obligations as a human; this in turn led me to attempt to express these truths in artworks.
Please take a few moments to ponder my artworks and read of my writings. Join me in my desire to connect meaningfully to our Blessed Creator through artistic media.
please note: as my artworks contain Words of Torah, they are considered as “d’varim sh’b’kedusha”, objects with spiritual sanctity, and as such are subject to all the “halachot”, concerning such objects; the same as “sifrei kodesh”, holy books. Please bear this in mind when purchasing my works: that they be treated with the proper sanctity. In this, the blessing for you from these works for will be full.
Also, to my Jewish appreciators: please refrain from viewing this website on the Sabbath. thank you
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Dr. Nurit Sirkis Bank, Curator of the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art, Hechal Shlomo, Jerusalem, professional lecturer on Jewish Art, former Associate Curator, Art and Judaica, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, writes the following:
“I was tremendously moved when viewing “B’Seter Elion” paintings by David Wolk. These paintings represent an extraordinary combination of the finest abstract art and the Jewish expression. The intricate use of layers of color which transfers deep emotional content, combined with carefully chosen quotations of our Sages, creates a multi-dimensional influence on the viewer.
A beautiful piece of art radiates tremendous energy. This energy is multiplied by use of Hebrew letters that our Sages teach us have the energy of creation itself embedded within them. Just being in the presence of these works creates a very deep and powerful experience. When I first viewed these works, the deep emotions stirred within me were expressed through true tears of joy and excitement that I haven’t experienced for many years.
I am sure that whoever will merit to bring these beautiful pieces into his home will enjoy these multi-level energies together with great value.”
Roberta Carasso, Ph.D.,Elected Member of the International Art Critics Association, Art Curator and Writer.writes:
“Artist David B. Wolk is daring in his approach. He seeks to find the hidden intersection between contemporary abstraction and eternal Jewish truths. In order to bridge the separation between the two, his art goes as far as possible, even to the very edge where the contemporary and the eternal meet as one. Wolk weaves disparate parts into a magnificent whole by creating colorful compositions having abstract visual structures. Each canvas contains the iconography of timeless words of ancient texts, whose origins come from G-d Himself. Holy Hebrew letters and shapes of varying sizes, colors, and lines sing and dance before our eyes to rhythms of modern calligraphy and ancient scripture. Thus, in his rich body of oil on canvas paintings, David B. Wolk transcends the separation between secular and religious art. Each painting – made by the hand of a 21st century modern artist who is also a Jewish scribe – shows the holy oneness that can be achieved when an artists probes the depths of the human soul and imbues his art with both timeless aesthetic principals and eternal spiritual truths.”
Sarah Lehat artist, curator and writer, founder of Individual/Collective writes:
“To stand in front of Wolk’s work is to meditate on G-d’s constant renewal of creation. In the choreography of David B Wolk’s paintings, letters mimic phonetic symbols, pictograms, icons, persistently acquiring new roles and expanding their continual redefinition. He has transformed the painterly medium to pulsate along infinite channels of legibility, simultaneously sculpting representations of re-Genesis, empowering us with new vision, superimposing lenses to reveal previously invisible dimensions of our reality.”