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Itzik Ben Shalom

Itzik Ben Shalom was born in 1945 in Hadera, Israel where he currently resides with his wife Hannah and their children. One of the most vivid memories as a child involved a young British Army Officer who gave him a bullet case. For years Itzik kept that metal gun shell in his pocket. He used to rub it all the time and instead of wearing it out, the shell developed a white patina and luster. The metal fascinated him.

When Itzik was fifteen he went to sea as a merchant marine. He traveled the world several times. The images he saw in Africa, the raw materials he loaded on the ship, the textures, all stayed with Itzik. Even now, subconsciously Itzik works from those images and textures.

Upon completing his military service (in the Israeli Navy) he knew he wanted to work with metal. So in 1967, with no formal training, he set up a foundry in partnership with his brother-in-law. They specialized in the 4000 years old "Lost Wax" method of casting sculpture.

He had worked in the foundry for fifteen years, always working with other artists, following their concept designs. Then one day, Itzik started to sketch a design that he had been carrying around in his head for over a year; the excitement grew, the intensity grew, and that is when he knew he became a sculptor. The day he stopped doing other people's work and cast his first bronze, is the day his new life as a sculptor began.

“In these modern times, communication through electronic media often denies basic human emotions - Love, Anger, and Understanding”.

Itzik sees his work as an attempt to remind people of a more primal form of humanism. In a sense, he sees the need to redefine emotion.

Because Itzik’s work is his passion, he is involved in every step along the way in casting. He has a passion for life and for what makes the world go around: relationships, man and woman, family; this is what his work is about. He expects people not to think about his work, but just love it.

Bell Couple
Duo Intimacy
Intimacy II Duo II Evening Gown  
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