Interview: Ehud ben Hur

INTERVIEW: EHUD BEN HURImage courtesy of Ehud ben Hur

Interview: Ehud ben Hur

Luca Curci talks with Ehud ben Hur during CONSCIOUSNESS of ANIMA MUNDI Festival 2017 in Venice.

Ehud ben Hur was born in 1955 in Jerusalem, Israel as the first son of Meriam and Nahum ben Hur. His mother was a graduate of the Bezalel school of art in Jerusalem were she learned special weaving in classical methods. She encouraged him with painting from a young age, his father was a professor of plastic surgery.
He did his schooling in Jerusalem and during high school he studied a combination of realistic and humanistic studies, later during the army service he became an infantry officer.
After the army he began studies of architecture in the Technion school of engineering in Haifa.
What he want to say is that he never studied art. Today he is married to Hadasa and they have twin lovely children by the age of 9 years, Aviv and Yaniv. As an architect he dedicate his time to conservation of old buildings in Jerusalem from Muslim and Byzantine periods. Regarding his art work, he continues to scatch and draw. He uses a oil colors and also colored pencils. He has participated in a few group exhibitions.

 

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Luca Curci – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?

Ehud ben Hur – I liked the combination of drawing, painting,a little sculpture, music and dancing, I feel that it was very interesting and enjoying and worthy to compare, and as an architect of rehabilitation of old buildings I enjoyed Venice.

 

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L.C. – There’s a lot of artwork on the market today, how do you differentiate yours from the rest?

E.B.H. – Most of my works are imaginary, and were made after hiking in the Judean Desert near Jerusalem, where I live, down to the Dead Sea, usually alone, during my high school. I used to see the typical desert landscapes: parts of shrubs and trees and flowers at their very dry and wild environment.. Other set of drawings describes my eye problem.
My adolescence years were quite difficult, due to deep self-seeking (without drugs) but with a lot of desire and wonder and walks in the wilderness.
I hope that explains the unusual and perhaps difficult results.

 

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L.C. – Did you style change over the years? How?

E.B.H. – About the changing of my style, many years ago i made a group of drawings which I call “desert drawihgs”, and in the recent years i added a few details of them, but I try to turn the detail to a separate picture of its own, with a saying to other people.

 

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L.C. – What art themes do you pursue? What are your preferred subjects if any?

E.B.H. – So the themes that are interesting for me are to try to describe biological topics and human organs but in a special way, I like, or try to enter the organ imaginary and describe it from the inside of it, like I have a drawing which I call “inside the eye with an apple “I try to describe the tunell behind the eye in the skull and see blood vessel in it and the muscels around you can see also a membrane of nerves protecting the eye in the front, I want to give another example I have a drawing were I describe the brain from the inside of it, with electric waves, I made a section and I see activity and parts. This section is based on a real photograph inside the brain.
In the last year I try to describe animal cells, or plant cells with all the components, also with a saying.

 

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L.C. – Did you feel comfortable cooperating with us?

E.B.H. – I thank the gallery for the opportunity to explain my work, felt all the time good will and help.

L.C. – What’s the art tip you usually receive? Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?

E.B.H. – Yes they do!

 

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