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NEW KABBALA AND ART WEBSITE (article first published : 2007-03-24)

A new art website inspired by Jewish themes and the esoteric was launched this week. The works, which successfully merge the notion of art and the kabbala, focus on the holy Hebrew letters and can purchased and be viewed at www.dannyshorkend.com

"The Kabbalah teaches that these letters are not arbitrary forms as in conventional language, but are necessary. Their form describes a divine energy flow or influx meaning. Using various materials, modes of expression and by simply being in the moment or enmeshed in the activity of painting has fuelled my works over the last few years," says the artist Danny Shorkend.

A graduate of Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT with a Masters degree in Art History, Danny draws inspiration from the abstract expressionists, particularly Newman and Rothko. "Newman for his classical, yet mystical "form" and Rothko for his romantic, meditative visual constructions". Other artists that have inspired include Chagall, Klee, Miro, Ryman, Reinhardt, Raoult and Kandinsky.

"In all such cases these artists have developed their own language, beyond the mere sensory realm, which is what I intend to do".




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