This listing is for a beautiful abstract limited edition (#262/300) lithograph produced from an original painting by renowned artist CALMAN SHEMI. This untitled lithograph measures 35 inches by 25 inches, and the frame measures 43 3/4 inches by 33 3/4 inches. THIS IS A LOCAL PICKUP ONLY LISTING. This lithograph is located in Naperville, IL.
Here is CALMAN SHEMI's biography:
An Argentinean by birth, Calman Shemi spent more than 20 years in Israel after joining the Kibbutz Carmia. As described in an article for tabletmag.com, life on a kibbutz in the 60’s and 70’s when everything was working as intended “more closely resembled a lush Israeli suburb than the impoverished collective…it was vibrant and thrummed with the energy of a shared enterprise.” This gives some insight Calman’s kibbutz life working in both an agricultural role and as a sculptor of wood and clay. As much as the kibbutz afforded him the opportunity to explore his artistic nature, he in turn has had a deep and lasting impact upon the kibbutz. Drawings and paintings by the children of Kibbutz Carmia were recently featured in a Children’s Creations Exhibition sponsored by The Israeli Society for Education through Art. Any artwork created by Shemi which remains at the kibbutz is vulnerable to destruction. In January 2006 and again as recently as March of 2008, a “Kassam rocket…fell in a court yard at the Kibbutz” as reported by imra.org and israeinews.chameleonseye.com respectively. However, his lessons have had the far-reaching effects impervious to attack.
His impact has not been limited to the Kibbutz but has reached worldwide proportions. While Calman was living and working in Israel, the international peace process experienced a significant development. From 1973 through 1978 President Ephraim Katzir served as the fourth President of Israel. During his tenure, “ a… momentous event, this a joyous one - the visit of President Anwar Sadat of Egypt in Jerusalem in November 1977 - took place near the end of his term as President” as confirmed by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As part of any diplomatic encounter, gifts of great significance are often exchanged. Sadat received an ancient chandelier from the government of Israel; in addition, President Katzir presented him with three ancie nt oil flasks which is shown in a picture online made available by the Biblical Archaeology Society as well as an artwork by Calman Shemi. Katzir’s emphasis upon the importance of advancing the goal of a peaceful middle east is encapsulated in the following statement as reported by JTA Jewish News Archive: “The efforts to seek peace should be promoted until a lasting peace is reached. "Peace be with you on your departure, " Katzir told Sadat. Though more than 30 years have passed since that day, with the assassination of Sadat and the recent death of Katzir occurring in the interim, the work of Calman Shemi that exchanged hands that day as a symbol of the peace process still remains. Art has a unique and lasting role in marking historic occasions.
Unlike artists who remain in one dimension or genre, Shemi constantly re-invents himself and if that isn’t sufficient, he literally creates new art forms. For Calman Shemi, just as the world is not flat neither is a blank canvas. To him, the globe is 360 degrees of possibilities. Likewise, when Shemi begins a project, he doesn’t see a flat white surface. He finds ways to re-invent the canvas, often shifting it into a three-dimensional form. He turns art into an interactive experience for the artist and the art collector. Calman Shemi invented and patented the genre termed “Soft Painting”. Multiple generations since then are educated in this technique through ongoing instruction. For example, one of his works is a featured element in the Teaching Collection of TCL for 2010-2011. The guidebook describes the nuanced appearance of a 1990 example of soft-painting by sharing that while the viewer initially thinks pastels are used, on closer inspection one discovers the work is rendered using numerous tiny textile segments. Accomplished artist Johanan Herson is a disciple of this method who is quick to credit Calman as his mentor. In the digital newspaper Haaretz, while discussing Herson’s work, author David Rapp explains the technique of the soft painting method as “fibers that are neither woven nor knitted (for example, felt) are laid on a cloth surface, fiber by fiber, to create the desired images. Then the images are combined together in a technical process with a needle, that threads the fibers into the base.” Clearly for Shemi, his methods and process are not so sacrosanct that he is unwilling to teach and mentor other artists.
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