"Raanan's paintings are a source of inspiration for many. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks says of Yoram Raanan's paintings: ""God saw and wanted us to see the goodness and beauty of the world. That is what great artists do, and that is why art is supremely the language of the spirit. Few artists in the Jewish world today better capture the beauty of holiness, than Yoram Raanan. His paintings have inspired me for many years.""
Curator, Researcher, and Lecturer Nurit Siris Bank says, ""Raanan's paintings add a dimension of renewal, revival and hope. His paintings create a bridge between past and future, the individual and community and between physical and spiritual."" Raanan says of his work that he wants to connect the viewer with a greater sense of self and place in the world.
One of the things that amazes me most in creating art is the movement of my hands in the paint, they seem to become like magic wands conjuring up scenes. It is an exhilarating and joyful experience to see how pouring and splashing colors onto canvas leads to an exciting range of images and multiple interpretations of my work. Curiosity and exploration are some of the components of the creating process. While I keep an open mind, I sometimes close my eyes to express my deepest feelings, accessing my inner self and getting in touch with the source of creation. It is exciting, sometimes liberating, often painful and always surprising.
I am engaged in an elemental endeavor in this world, physically taking the raw material of pigment mixed with oil or water, and turning it into something transformational, both for myself and the viewer. I enjoy the lusciousness of the paint, the movement, the textures, the play between light and darkness. Sometimes I use thick, creamy oil paint, smearing it with my fingers and palette knife, piling layers over layers and scraping away, finding different arrangements of new worlds and suggestions of time.
My work expresses something inexplicable – feeling, sensation, emotion and spirituality. The various levels and layers of paint correspond to different possible interpretations of the work. This presents an opportunity for new ways of seeing and understanding the familiar – refreshing form of communication that enhances the experience of ordinary life.
I want to share the sense of discovery that I feel, the dynamic passion, energy flow and color vibration, to connect the viewer with a greater sense of self and place in the world.
Berger Museum, Vienna, Austria
Wolfson Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Bank Tefahot Collection, Jerusalem, Israel
Israel Defense Forces, Bet El, Israel
Ruth Siegel Collection, New York City, NY USA
Ludwig Jesselson Collection, New York City, NY USA
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Reichman Collection, Toronto, Canada
Kirk Douglas Collection, Beverly Hills, CA
Dr. and Mrs. Dore Gold Collection, Jerusalem, Israel