Leah Raab's Beyond The Surface

The Creative Soul presents a solo exhibition by Leah Raab. The artist lived in Israel for many years and much of her work focuses on the theme of what characterizes Israeli life - hidden meanings beyond the surface, at times ominous and at times spiritual.

On view December 10 through January 4, 2015 at the Creative Soul Gallery, 386 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn NY 11213.
Artists opening reception December 14. 4-6pm.

Raab's paintings of children in the playgrounds may appear harmonious and tranquil with a sense of a joyous exterior veneer. But each painting hints at impending danger. Things on the surface are not always what they seem and life in Israel, and as a Jew, is often threatened. Children huddled in large concrete pipes are terrified, hiding in makeshift shelters to protect themselves from incoming rocket attacks. 

The artists says: "Yet, beyond the darkness, there is a tremendous outpouring of  chessed. People reach out to strangers, not only to their loved ones. People show tremendous emunah and strength. There is power in prayer and mitzvot, generating and revealing a higher, transcendental realm beyond the surface."

Leah Raab is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy and received her MFA from the NY Studio School.

Images copyright Leah Raab

From top:

Waiting, acrylic on canvas, 24x18 in. 2014

Boy in Tunnel, acrylic on canvas, 16x20 in. 2014

Looking Out, acrylic on canvas, 18x24 in. 2014

Huddled in the Tunnel, acrylic on canvas, 30x30 in. 2014

Monster Slide, acrylic on canvas, 22x28 in. 2014

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