Woman with Kiwi An Ostrich With Strawberries Trying to Impress Flowers A Peace Offering
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Pope Playing Bass
"Pope Playing Bass", oil on monoprint collage, 42" x 18", 2014
Musicians Trying to Impress a Moose
"Musicians Trying to Impress a Moose", oil on monoprint collage, 42" x 42", 2013
Goat Farm
"Goat Farm," oil on monoprint collage, 42" x 42", 2013
A Rabbi, A Nun, and an Imam Together on the Brooklyn Bridge by Jonathan Blum
"A Rabbi, A Nun, and an Imam Together on the Brooklyn Bridge", oil on monoprint collage, 2011.
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Dog with Grapes Portrait by Jonathan Blum
"Dog with Grapes", oil on monoprint collage, 38"X36", 2011
A Kosher Pig
"A Kosher Pig", Oil on monoprint collage, 2007
"Still Life with Dogs II", Oil on wood, 48"X12", 2003
"A Peace Offering. — A Turkey with Tomato," Monoprint collage, 2001
"King with Cigarette Waiting for the Queen", Monoprint, 2000

The Bar Mitzvah of Jesus
"The Bar Mitzvah of Jesus",
Oil and monoprint collage on wood, 2000


"A Man Walking", Oil on wood, 1992

Most of the subjects I paint come from my imagination; this has been the case since my early foreheads. I love doing realistic portraiture and always look forward to that moment when I see that I've captured the essence of a specific person or animal that I am painting. But even more exciting is when I capture, say, some essential dogness in a dog that I've invented, or a deep spiritual quality in one of my fictitious rabbis. There's almost a symbiotic relationship between my realistic and my fictitious portraiture; each furthers the development of the other.

Because of how quickly they need to be executed, most of my monoprints are fictitious portraits. My current roster of subjects includes dogs, cats, camels, ostriches, kings, queens, and, of course, the rabbis that I've been painting since 1994. As you can see, I often paint fruits or other objects on all my subjects' heads, which makes the composition more interesting and gives added dimension to the piece. I'm always willing to add to my list of subjects--and things to put on their heads--so if you have a particular image in mind, feel free to contact me about a commission.

Click to see my realistic portraits.


Woman

"Woman Thinking About Red Chili Peppers"
oil on monoprint collage, 20" x 16", 2014

Driftwood Portrait

"Driftwood Portrait"
found driftwood with monoprint collage, 48" x 48", 2012

Ostrich with Birdfeeder"Ostrich with Birdfeeder", oil on monoprint collage, 48" x 6", 2013
Flying High Over a Llama painting by Jonathan Blum"Flying High over a Llama", oil on monoprint collage, 48" x 13", 2013. Click for close-up.

bluebird resting on a scapegoat
"Bluebird Giving Birth on a Scapegoat",
Oil on Monoprint Collage, 30"X36", 2009. Click for detail of bluebird.

Will It Be OK?
"Will It Be OK?", Monoprint, 14"X27", 2007

A Peace Offering - Camel with Grapes
"A Peace Offering - Camel with Grapes", Oil on monoprint collage, 2002

 

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