Casablanca is a laser metal cut sculpture, hand painted in vivid and vibrant colors. As with all of Shemi’s works, it is done in bold vibrant colors that enhance nature rather than copy it. The metal cut adds volume and a three dimensional feel due to its multi-layers and bends, and the intentional shadows they create.
Shemi has acknowledged many influences in his art and his life; the dramatic colors of his childhood in Argentina, the sun-baked landscape of his home in Israel, the sensuous colorism of Matisse, the philosophies of his art teachers, and even the ritualistic symbols of the ancient past. His working method, which relies on the assistance of skilled artisans to execute much of the technical part of producing his works, affirms Shemi’s strong commitment to the communal ethic rooted in his experience on the Kibbutz.
Signed by the artist.
Materials: Hand painted laser cut steel
Size: 43 1/2″ x 30″
Sits 1″ off the wall, creating a three-dimensional appearance.
Meet the Artist: Calman Shemi
Calman Shemi, a noted Israeli sculptor and painter, was born in Argentina in 1939. A graduate of the school of Sculpture and Ceramics in Mendoza, Calman Shemi was a student of the Italian-Argentinean sculptor Libero Badii, and later of the German-Israeli sculptor Rudi Lehman. In 1961, at the age of 20, Calman Shemi made aliyah to Israel, living on a kibbutz, and worked as a sculptor working with wood and clay. Several of his large scale projects are situated in various public buildings all over the world.Learn More