The biblical story of King Saul, the first King of Israel, from the smallest Israelite
tribe of Benjamin, was my first major subject in painting and later in sculpture.
His tragic story engrossed my imagination, the tragic hero, bullied by the prophet
Samuel and finally overshadowed and killed by the young and beautiful David. In
my painting, with the
help of some research, I created a rough terrain for a rugged and unhinged king,
my first foray into a tense painterly space. The rough wooden sculptures became
almost like idols of Saul, a “blasphemous” undertaking that would have brought down
the wrath of God and Samuel.
The paintings are done in acrylic and are roughtly 4’x4’, while the sculptures are
over life size, with the emphasis on the head and torso.