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28
Sep
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Jacob Pichhadze’s tribute to Shimon Peres

The late Shimon Peres, former President and PM of Israel, was a dear friend to the Pichhadze family, and a great supporter of Jacob Pichhadze’s artistic and philanthropic work in Israel. Mr. Peres was the guest of honor in numerous exhibitions and fundraisers organized by Jacob Pichhadze. These pictures capture a few of those memorable moments. They are a tribute to Mr. Peres, one of Israel’s greatest leaders.

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12
Jun

Original Painting by Amir Pichhadze Sold on eBay Auction for $5,000.00

Title: Checkmate; Medium: Original Soft Pastel; Year: 1997; Size: 57x73cm

Click here to view the eBay listing.

Original Pastel Painting by Amir Pichhadze Sold on eBay for $5,000

Artist: Amir Pichhadze; Title: Checkmate; Medium: Original Soft Pastel; Year: 1997; Size: 57x73cm; Sold on eBay (item #: 221039770933)

10
Feb

Essay by Amir Pichhadze wins American Judges Association Award

Essay by Amir Pichhadze wins American Judges Association Award

Article discusses Amir Pichhadze’ second prize win in the American Judges Association’s 2013 Law Student Essay Contest.

4
Jun

Tax Student’s Research Grabs International Attention (May 16, 2013)

Article about Amir Pichhadze at the University of Michigan Law School: “Tax Student’s Research Grabs International Attention

20
Jun

Article in Samshoblo (Dec 26, 1980) about Jacob Pichhadze’s fundraiser for B’nai-Brith

Article reviews Jacob Pichhadze’s fundraising art exhibition for the establishment, by B’nai-Brith, of centers for the elderly and youth. The exhibition was held at the Ramat-Gan Museum. Guest of honor was the Mayor of Ramat-Gan, Mr. Israel Peled. To read the full article, click here.

Visit YAZIgallery.com to view a selection of Jacob’s art and/or read his biography.

Article in Samshoblo (Dec 26, 1980) about Jacob Pichhadze's fundraiser for B'nai Brith

Article reviews Jacob Pichhadze’s fundraising art exhibition for the establishment, by B’nai-Brith, of centers for the elderly and youth. The exhibition was held at the Ramat-Gan Museum. Guest of honor was the Mayor of Ramat-Gan, Mr. Israel Peled.

19
Jun

Interview of artist Jacob Pichhadze – aired in NEWCON TV (1996)

Natalia Nikitina interviewed the artist Jacob Pichhadze as well as Igor Kuchinsky, owner of Heritage Galerie International. Discussed are Jacob’s art, background and views. The interview was aired, in 1996, in the Canadian Russian TV station NEWCON TV.

Interview of artist Jacob Pichhadze – aired in NEWCON TV (1996) from YAZI gallery on Vimeo.

18
Jun

“Ruth and Naomi – Reinvented” – Oil Painting by Jacob Pichhadze

Artist Jacob Pichhadze is known for, among other things, his portrayal of his vision of the “Jewish woman”. These images have been described by commentators as “Jewish Madonna” icons. “Ruth and Naomi – Reinvented”, an oil painting from 2004, is Pichhadze’s modernization of his classical motif.

“Ruth and Naomi – Reinvented” – by Jacob Pichhadze

Artist Jacob Pichhadze is known for, among other things, his portrayal of his vision of the “Jewish woman”. These images have been described as the “Jewish Madonna” Icons. “Ruth and Naomi – Reinvented”, an Oil painting from 2004, is Pichhadze’s modernization of his classical motif.

The following are selected commentaries about Jacob’s depiction of the “Jewish woman” motif:

“In Israel he also introduced the ‘Jewish icon’. He had been obliged to paint icons (holy pictures) for churches in the Soviet Union. ‘There’s no reason why we can’t have Jewish icons,’ he insists. Working in pastels, he drew biblical women of mesmeric grace, tinting them in luminous tones. A portrait of Ruth and Naomi reflects the serenity of a true icon.” (Canadian Jewish News, Dec 9, 1993)

“The ‘pictures of women’ remind us of Madonnas or religious paintings – the same style, the same creative manner, except that the women are typical Georgian Jewish women, personifications of virtue and modesty. Jakow’s heroine doesn’t particularly demonstrate her femininity. She is dressed unpretentiously in the traditional dark clothes of the Georgian woman. She is reserved – the fire of her passions deeply buried.” (Israel Review, Aug 20, 1982)

“All of the paintings of Jacob Pichhadze are saturated with deep psychological content. In his “The Triad” which is executed in Pastel using a novel technique, each figure’s fantasy of future days to come is brought to life. In each of the figures’ faces and expressions, Pichhadze portrays the depth and wealth of their innermost thoughts and the painting becomes rather than a mere composition of female portraits, a depiction of both the body and soul of women, whom the artist revers to be the most wonderful creation of this world.” (Shalom Toronto, Feb 6, 2011)

“Every Jewish women – a Madonna” (Hadashot, Nov 22, 1984)

“The portraits of the Israeli artist receive their particular charm from the bright lush colors and the play with light and shadow contrasts. Characteristic for his paintings is the delicate precision and sharp transition between colors. His play with light and shadow has earned him the praise of as an ‘Israeli Rembrandt’” (Memminger Zaitung, Marz 13, 1982)

17
Jun

Artist Jacob Pichhadze interviewed in the Canadian TV talk show “Together with Gila Yefet” (2012)

In her TV talk show “Together with Gila Yefet”, Gila conducted an interview of the internationally acclaimed artist Jacob Pichhadze. The interview discusses the artist’s background, views about art and life ethics, as well as future plans.

Artist Jacob Pichhadze interviewed in the Canadian TV talk show “Together with Gila Yefet” (2012) from YAZI gallery on Vimeo.

17
Jun

“A Commemoration of a Jewish Tragedy” – Soft Pastel Painting by Amir Pichhadze

This soft pastel painting, painted by Amir Pichhadze in 1995, is titled “A Commemoration of a Jewish Tragedy”

“A Commemoration of a Jewish Tragedy” – Soft Pastel Painting by Amir Pichhadze

This soft pastel painting, painted by Amir Pichhadze in 1995, is titled “A Commemoration of a Jewish Tragedy”

In her review in the Canadian Jewish News (July 11, 1996), Miriam Chinsky described the meaning and significance of the painting as follows:

“A Commemoration of a Jewish Tragedy, displayed recently at a juried exhibition in the Leah Posluns Theater, is a searing probe into the death by gunfire of Israel’s late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin at the hands of a Jewish assassin – the enemy from within.

Seen in the aftermath of the murder, a grieving man crouches, head bowed, before Rabin’s flag-draped coffin with a broken Magen David representing unity gone awry. A portion of the flag is wrapped around the man’s legs and covers his feet. His hands are bloodied and behind him is a blood-spattered copy of Shir Lashalom (Song of Peace), which Rabin had at the moment he was killed. An obvious bullet hole is a reminder of the method of assassination.

The man is the Jewish People, torn by political and religious strife. He mourns the death, yet the infighting marks him as it does all those who cannot or will not come to peaceful terms with their differences.

The song sheet is colored in reverse, white lettering on a black background to accent the darkness of the act and its consequences. But one corner, curled forward, pristine white against the sky, signifies a glimmer of hope. Pichhadze’s youthful optimism?”

The painting has been featured and reviewed in a number of newspaper and magazine articles, including:

Article in Beseda about Amir Pichhadze (March 28, 1996); YAZI gallery

Beseda (March 28, 1996). View article as: HTML    PDF

Article in the Canadian Jewish News about Amir Pichhadze (July 11, 1996); YAZI gallery

Canadian Jewish News (July 11, 1996). View article as: HTML     PDF

Article in York University’s GAZETTE about Amir Pichhadze (April 23, 1997); YAZI gallery

York University’s GAZETTE (April 23, 1997). View article as: HTML     PDF

Article about Amir Pichhadze in The Israeli Magazine (Oct 1996); YAZI gallery

The Israeli Magazine (Oct 1996). View article as: HTML     PDF

Article about Amir Pichhadze in The Israeli Magazine (July 1996); YAZI gallery

The Israeli Magazine (July 1996). View article as: HTML    PDF

Article in Russian Forward about Amir Pichhadze (July 26, 1996); YAZI gallery

Russian Forward (July 26, 1996). View article as: HTML     PDF

10
Jun

Fundraiser for: Ethiopian Refugees, at Residence of Israel’s Prime Minister Shimon Peres (1985, Israel)

Jacob Pichhadze participated in a group exhibition that raised funds to support the immigration of Ethiopian refugees to Israel. The exhibition was held at the official residence of the Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres (now the President of Israel).

Fundraiser for: Ethiopian Refugees, at Residence of Prime Minister Shimon Peres (1985, Israel)

From Left: Jacob Pichhadze; Zina Pichhadze; artist Misha Kricheli; artist Mordechai (Misha) Janashvili; Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres (now President of Israel); Amir Pichhadze

Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres (now President of Israel) holding a painting by Jacob Pichhadze. The painting was issued for the collection of the Prime Minister's official residence, during a fundraising art exhibition for the benefit of Ethiopian refugees in Israel (1985)

Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres (now President of Israel) holding a painting by Jacob Pichhadze. The painting was issued for the collection of the Prime Minister’s official residence, during a fundraising art exhibition for the benefit of Ethiopian refugees in Israel (1985)

Click to view excerpts from the exhibition catalogue:

This PDF contains excerpts from the 1985 fundraising group art exhibition, in which Jacob Pichhadze participated. The exhibition was held at the official residence of the Prime Minister of Israel (Mr. Shimon Peres), and benefited Ethiopian Refugees. (YAZI gallery)

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