Bezalel-Levy is the combined signature of Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy, a husband and wife collaboration since 1990. Our work includes painting, scupture, and installations as well as writing both poetry and prose, music, and video.
Painting is always a relationship between the painter and the subject and the materials. Our technique also includes the relationship between ourselves. The photographer submits to having his composition painted over, sometimes obscured, and the painter is content to paint her partner’s image, although she gets to select which she wants to paint. In many of the paintings the underlying photograph shows through in some areas, or the frame of the photograph is maintained. When we began, we put aside all of our individual artistic pursuits in order to create this collaboration, and now we are secure enough to work both individually and together. So basically, we are like three artists.
Both of us continue to use our Hebrew names because we began our collaboration in Israel and, to the extent that we are known, it is by those names. We also continue to maintain a home and studio in Ashkelon, Israel. Our paintings are in the collections of dozens of public places including hospitals, hotels, government buildings, libraries, and colleges as well as private collections. We exhibit internationally including several museum shows. Some of our writings have been previously published in literary magazines.
Here is a link to our CV