Alex: Artwork

Alex drew what he saw from the time he was a very little boy. Except for one course in printmaking when he was at Cornell University, he never had an art lesson. If there was nothing in front of him to draw, he would draw himself. So frequently we see drawings that contain his foot or his hand or his drawing pad. The earliest drawing in this group is the one in color of the Temple Mount, done when Alex was in his early teens, living in Jerusalem with the family. Also from this period are the tractors at Kibbutz Kissufim where he lived with his brother Saul in 1976-77.

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During the college year Alex spent studying in London he traveled to Spain, Italy, Greece and the Soviet Union. And in each of these places—on trains, in the street, in cathedrals and cafes—he would take out his small spiral bound sketch pad and draw. Sometimes the drawings were only in black pen but often his tiny watercolor set allowed him to add color.

 

Alex continued to draw all through his army training and while serving as an officer in Givati. Although Alex seldom drew people in his earlier years, during time in the IDF he would sometimes sketch the soldiers. While others would sleep during a break from a strenuous action, Alex would draw—and write. On the rooftop of a Christian hospital in Marjayoun, Lebanon where he was guarding, Alex made his largest drawing: a 360 degree panorama from the Mediterranean to Mt. Hermon on which he wrote the geographical direction of the view in Arabic. Those six linked panels can be found here.