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'An Allegorical Explanation of Jonah’ by Yaïr Meshoulam

‘In The Beginning Was A Spark’ by Michèle Jaffé-Pearce

In our new initiative to bring art into Kent House, we are delighted to invite you to an exciting contemporary Jewish Art Exhibition here at Kent House, curated by Orit Schreiber,  from Friday 7th October - Monday 17th October.

"Interconnectivity" brings together paintings by Michèle Jaffé-Pearce and Yaïr Meshoulam who work on similar themes but in very different styles and were painted over twenty years apart. Bringing them together allows the viewer to reflect on Jewish teachings in contrasting ways to further understand their relevance today and discover their connections with concerns important to humankind, such as climate change and charitable deeds.

The works in this exhibition share an interest in the Jewish mystical tradition of the Kabbalah, in Jewish texts and the Hebrew alphabet. Beyond this both artists are intrigued by the threads and links between these Jewish teachings, cosmology and cutting edge quantum physics. Both artists have exhibited widely in London and abroad - Meshoulam’s work, including some pieces from our exhibition, was shown at the Ben Uri Gallery in Dean Street, in Berlin with the British Council and also at The Jewish Museum in Camden Town. Jaffé-Pearce has shown more recently at The Mall Gallery, SW1, The Cork Street Gallery and at Barclays Bank, Piccadilly in a show exploring contemporary beliefs.    

Viewing Times

Public Viewing (no appointment necessary) will be on the following dates:

Saturday 8th October, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday 9th October, 2:00-6:00pm
Wednesday 12th October, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday 16th October, 2:00-5:00pm
Monday 17th October, 2:00-6:00pm

Private Viewing:

Members of Westminster Synagogue and their guests are invited to a Private View Evening on Thursday, 13th October, for which you can add your name to the guestlist here. Please join us between 6:00-9:00pm for a glass of wine and a chance to meet both artists as they talk about their works and share some insight into their process.  If you wish to attend but are not a Synagogue member, please contact curator Orit Schreiber, who will be happy to discuss further.

Members of Westminster Synagogue are also encouraged to view the exhibition during normal building opening times between 7th-17th October. In particular, we hope you can enjoy the art before and after Services.

Silent Auction

The artists have generously donated two pieces of art for a Silent Auction which will run until 6:00pm on Monday, 17th October. Biddings can be placed online here.

'River of Light'  by Michèle Jaffé-Pearce

'The Hidden Meaning of The Torah’  by Yaïr Meshoulam

The Artists

Born in  London, and member of WS, Michèle Jaffé-Pearce was for 15 years a features writer for The Sunday Times.  Thereafter she studied Fine Art at Sir John Cass and Chelsea School of Art.  Inspired by Jewish mystical teachings, Michèles abstract paintings take the viewer into a world of wonderment. She has exhibited widely in London and has had shows in New York. 

Yaïr Meshoulam, born in Haifa, has been living in London since 1966, practicing as an artist after his training at The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University and The Royal College of Art, London, exhibiting mainly in London and Berlin. 

‘Vision of Ezekiel’s Chariot’ by Yaïr Meshoulam

‘Tikkun Olam' by Michèle Jaffé-Pearce

Special Thanks

In addition to Orit, Michèle and Yaïr for this wonderful exhibition, we would also like to give special thanks to:

  • Mark and Masha Maislish for their donation to this exhibition and future exhibitions, in loving memory of Mark’s grandmother, Shoshana Schreiber ז״ל, zichrona livracha, may her memory be a blessing, who passed away a few weeks ago.
  • The Isvy Family for their donation to the Private View Evening, in memory of our much-missed beloved friend and member, Ilana Alexander ז״ל‎

Contact

If you have any questions about the exhibition, please get in touch.

Tue, 27 September 2022 2 Tishrei 5783