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B’seter Elyon

Art that returns to its holy source

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Secular Education:

  • High School: Cranbrook School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA.
    graduated: Magna Cum Laude. 1974-1977
  • Undergraduate College: Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA.
    graduated: Magna Cum Laude. 1977-1981
  • Post Graduate: Caumsett School for Landscape Painting, Queens College, Caumsett, Long Island, New York, USA. Scholarship, Summer 1981
  • Post Graduate: Boston University Museum School, Boston Massachusetts, USA. Winter 1982
  • Post Graduate: New York Studio School, New York, New York, USA. 1982-1983
  • Post Graduate: Yale University Summer Program, Norfolk, Connecticut, USA. Scholarship, Summer 1983
  • Post Graduate: Oregon University Art School, Eugene, Oregon, USA. Winter 1983

Talmudic Studies:

  • Diaspora Yeshiva, Jerusalem, Israel. 1987-88
  • Yeshivat Dvar Yerushalayim, Jerusalem, Israel. 1989-91
  • Kollel Harei Yehudah, Moshav Beis Meir, Israel. 1991-95
  • Kollel Hama’ayan, Moshav Tifrach, Israel. 1995-96
  • Kollel Sh’viti Hashem, Ofakim, Israel. 1996
  • Kollel Mishan l’Talmid, Ofakim, Israel. 1996-2004
  • Kollel Inon, Ofakim, Israel 2004-05
  • Kollel Avrechim, Beit Shemesh, Israel 2005-today

Awards and Exhibitions:

  • Amherst College Art Museum, exhibited and purchased for permanent collection. Senior Thesis Pencil Drawing. Awarded Wise Art Prize. 1981
  • Wayne University Art Show, Detroit, Michigan. USA; Exhibited oil painting, “Cezanne’s kitchen”. 1984
  • Detroit Art Museum, Detroit, Michigan. USA; Oil painting in “New Painters Exhibit”. 1985
  • Towson University Art Show, Towson, Maryland. USA; exhibited oil painting. 1986
  • Sheraton Plaza, Limudei HaShem Dinner, Jerusalem, Israel; One-man   Exhibition of oil paintings. 2008
  • Amit, Annual Art Exhibition, Zora, Israel; Exhibited approximately 10 oil paintings. 2008
  • Fig Tree Courtyard Gallery, Safed, Israel, 4 paintings on display. 2008
  • Bustan HaEla, Yad Tomech Dinner, Emek HaEla, Israel. Exhibited approximately 10 oil paintings. 2008
  • Crown Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem,Israel; One-man Standing Exhibition of over 10 oil paintings. 2008
  • Bais HaBaal Shem Tov, Jerusalem, Israel; One-man Standing Exhibition of  over 40 oil paintings. 2009
  • Prima Palace Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel; One-man Standing Exhibition of over 10 oil paintings. 2009
  • Hechal Shlomo , Jerusalem, Israel; One-man Standing Exhibition. 46 oil paintings. 2010-11
  • Old City Jewish Art Center, Philadelphia, USA. Exhibited 5 oil paintings in show: “A Fusion of Judaism and Art”. 2011
  • Shamayim Shira, Tel Aviv, Israel: Exhibition of 7 oil paintings. December 2011-May 2012
  • The Jerusalem Bienalle, Hechal Shlomo Museum, Jerusalem, Israel. Exhibited two paintings in the exhibit: My Soul Thirsts…Succot-Hanukah 5774 (October-December 2013)
  • Hechal Shlomo (Wolfson) Museum, Jerusalem, Israel. Exhibited three oil paintings in the exhibit: “Inspired by the Other” September 2014. Paintings remained in permanent exhibit until November 2017.
  • Tree of Life Gallery, Safed, Israel. Exhibited 8 oil paintings and over 150 giclee prints on paper. From September 2014 to July 2016.
  • The Creative Soul Gallery, 386 Kingston Ave. Brooklyn, NY. “Spiritual Defense” Group Art Show. September 8 – October 6, 2014.  Exhibited 5 oil paintings.
  • The Creative Soul Gallery, 386 Kingston Ave. Brooklyn, NY. “Living Letters: A Solo Art Show by David Baruch Wolk. Exhibited approximately 30 oil paintings. November 17-December 1, 2014.
  • The 2nd Jerusalem Bienalle, Hechal Shlomo Museum, Jerusalem, Israel. Exhibited oil painting: אימה עילאה in the exhibit: “The Art of Motherhood”. September 30-November 5, 2015.
  • Artists Fair, Beit Shemesh Festival of Arts and Creativity. March 21, 22 2017. Exhibited digital image on ‘kapo’: ונשמרתם מאוד לנפשתיכם”” Awarded First Prize by City Hall of Beit Shemesh.
  • המבדיל בין קודש לחול“, exhibited ten oil paintings, December 2016-September 2017, בגלריה Art & Wine ביפו העתיקה (רח’ הגימנסיה העברית 12
  • תערוכת “בין קודש לחול”, בבית אות המוצר הירושלמי, Jerusalem, September 25, 2017; November 16-November 28, 2017. “להשקת מיזם אמנות ואמונה-המרכז לאמנויות ברוח יהודית”, oil painting exhibited.
  • The 3rd Jerusalem Bienalle, בית אחים חסיד, Jerusalem, Israel. Exhibited one giclee print on canvas, “The Ten Commandments.” October 10 until November 17, 2017.
  • Tehillim Gallery, Cardo, Yerushalyim, Israel. From February-December, 2018. Exhibiting oil paintings and prints.
  • תערוכת אמנות ישראלית 2018
  • בנק הפועלים. יהודה הלוי 63, תל-אביב, ישראל   May 12, 2018.
  • Metal Art Gallery, Cedarhurst, NY. Exhibiting and commissioning oil paintings for sale. From April 2018.
  • “איה?!” בחיפוש אחר הנוכח הנעלם, exhibition of two oil paintings, January- 2019, בגלריה Art & Wine ביפו העתיקה (רח’ הגימנסיה העברית 12

 

Teaching, Lectures, Public Forums, etc.:

 Hechal Shlomo, Jerusalem, Israel; Gallery talk. August 2014. “Concerning the extremely elevated nature of Visual Art at its source.”

  • Hechal Shlomo (Wolfson) Museum, Jerusalem, Israel. Gallery talk at the exhibit: “Inspired by the Other” September 2014. “Connecting to the other through connecting to Hashem Yisborach.”
  • Betzalel Art Academy, Givat Shaul, Yerushalyim, Israel. Lecture featuring artworks and discussion of personal and artistic development and issues of art and art-making in general, particularly in relation to Judaism. Given to class of art students. January 23, 2017.
  • Next Step Israel Internships – A Joint Program of the New York Teen Initiative and NCSY. The New York Teen Initiative is funded by the UJA Federation of New York and The Jim Joseph Foundation and is facilitated by The Jewish Education Project. NCSY is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union. Yerushalyim, Israel. Gave lecture tracing personal development as an artist in relation to religious development, discovery of inner self and connection to the Divine through art-making; coupled with workshop given to more than 30 students. This two-day workshop served as the summation of their five-week course in Israel; the students created works of art of their own, developing inner connection to the process and product of artwork with the Holy letters. August 10 and August 14, 2017.
  • תערוכת “בין קודש לחול”, בבית אות המוצר הירושלמי, Jerusalem, November 16, 2017. Gallery talk.
  • Midrash.Tech Jerusalem Innovation Forum, Heichal Shlomo, Jerusalem, Israel.  December 19, 2017, One of the speakers at a panel discussion:  “Fostering Creativity and Innovation Without Compromising Torah Study and Values.”
  • Amudim SeminarySeminay, Modi’in, Israel. “Man of Letters. Between the Academy and the Beit Midrash in Creating Jewish Art”. Presentation of my artwork in connection with personal history in coming close to Torah. February 13, 2018
  • כנס פרדם: הכנס האקדמי השנתי של מכללה ירושלים. “זהויות וקולות שונים בעולם היהודי”. במשך כל ימי הכנס תוצגנה יצירות אמונות שלי. ודברתי בנושא: “קושי באמנות: שצריך לצייר את השם הוי’, ןשאסור לצייר את השם הוי’”. וגם בארתי על ציור: “כל המתאבל על ירושלים זוכה ורואה בשמחתה”, אחד מחמשה ציורים שלי שהצגתי שם. מרץ 6-8, 2018 בית וגן, ירושלים, ישראל.
  • Amudim Seminary, Modi’in, Israel. Presentation of my artwork in connection with personal history in coming close to Torah. November 28, 2018.

 Publications, Press, Representation:

  • 1985 Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Reviewed as havinghave produced “one of three outstanding paintings” in the show: “New Painters Exhibit.”
  • 5769 (2009) HaMishpacha (Hebrew) ,שפת הסתר במחכול, על ידי ח. ברוש
  • 5770 (2010) The Jewish Press, David B. Wolk: Painter of Eternal, Jewish Truths in Modern Abstractions, by Roberta Carasso.
  • 5771  (2011)  HaMevasser, בסתר עליון—תערוכה חדשה בהיכל שלמה
  • 5771  (2011) HaMishpacha (English) “Art and Soul David Baruch Wolk: artist, scribe and Talmudic Scholar.”  By Esther Tscholkowski.
  • 5771 (2011) Kuntrass “David Baroukh Wolk, Un Peintre au Service du Divin.” By E. Boukobza.
  • 5772 (2012) painting published as cover for The Mystery of Kaddish, sefer by HaRav Dovber Pinson, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
  • 2012 Baruch HaBa (online publication)  “New Art Form: Kabbalistic Israeli Artist David Baruch Wolk”
  • 5772 (2012) Mercaz HaInyanim, אות משמים” על ידי שלומית שי.”
  • January 11-17, 2013, Kosher English, “Torah and Art”, by Shira Yehudit Djlilmand.
  • 5773 (2013) painting published as cover for sefer on Kaddish by HaRav Baruch Myers, Brooklyn, New York , USA.
  • 5773 (2013) HaModia (English) “Painted Letters with a Life: a glimpse of the work of the artist David Wolk.” By Rhona Lewis.
  • Creative Soul. Featured artist David Baruch Wolk. By Yitzchok Moully.

http://thecreativesoul.org/news/featured-artist-david-baruch-wolk

  • February 2014. Jewish Art Now, “Hebrew Lettering and Jewish Mystical Art: A look at David B. Wolk’s Scriptural Paintings” by Yehudis Barmatz-Harris.

http://www.jewishartnow.com/2014/02/12/david-b-wolks-scriptural-paintings/#more-1833

  • 5774 (2014) ספר אמונה טמונה,  Sefer Embedded Faith, 49 paintings of the artist, David Baruch Wolk commissioned by HaRav Asher Eliah, with explanations.
  • 5777(2017) Painting: ברוך פודה ומציל, ברוך שמו published as a cover for the musical score: יהיו לרצון , Yih’iu L’Ratzon, for SATB/SATB Acappella Double Chorus, by Composer Avi Sussman, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 5777(2017) Pencil Drawing: אם אסק שמים שם אתה ואציעה שאול הנך used as cover for CD of the same name, directed by HaRav Baruch Myers, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
  • כל ישראל

5777 (2017), , מוסף שבת, כ”ד אלול, תשע”ז.

כתבה:” אמן באמנותו”, על ידי יעקב אמסלם.

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Publications by the Artist:

  • 5771 “Pamphlet: two letters of HaRav Yehushua HaCohen Yisraeli, shlita”

two letters written to the artist. The author describes his     understanding of the novel approach of the artist in service of Hashem. He enters into discussions of various aspects of the essence of  artistic expression according to Kaballah and  Chassidut

(link on home website: https://davidbwolk.com/writings)

  • Sefer: Torah and Art,  (Hebrew and English)

  a collection of many small essays that constitute personal reflections on the process of artistic creation from the point of view of truth: Torah. The essays are verbal accompaniments to my artistic endevours which reveal a new path of expression of true inner connection to the Divine through the creation of visual images.

(link on home website: https://davidbwolk.com/writings

  • Sefer: Until ones Last Ounce of Strength;

Serving Hashem, Yisborach, in happiness and balance. Essays on Emunah and Bitachon.

  • ספר: אני בצדק אחזה פניך אשבעה בהקיץ תמונתך

על אמנות באור התורה הקדושה

ספר: לדלות מים עמוקים ממדבר שומם

חידושי תורה Chiddushei Torah

  • Represented on several other websites

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