The Magen David Series

In the summer of 1999, by chance I encountered “The Book of Kells” for the first time. As an avid, lifelong student of art history, I couldn’t believe I had never heard of it before. The astonishingly detailed illuminations that the four Irish monks were able to render over 1,500 years ago changed the direction of my art forever.

I immediately asked myself if this level of illumination can be done by a Jew working with Jewish themes, honoring the Lord G-d of Israel. My sketches that summer and fall led me to the Magen David (Shield of David) six-pointed shape as the central theme for a series that, much to my surprise, is still in-progress over a decade later.

Historically, synagogue architecture and decor has been inspired by the aesthetics surrounding them, no matter in what country they were found. This led me to explore the vibrancy of Moroccan designs and the mathmatical intricacies in ancient Persian geometry. I combine all of these exotic influences with my love of contemporary graphic design and bright colors.

The Magen David is the quintessential “Jewish” symbol. The challenge to myself for this series has been to take this relatively simple shape and illuminate it differently each time, each with a different theme out of the Tanach (Jewish Scripture), and each with a unique palette. I have filled my sketchbook with literally thousands of 1" x 1" Magen David doodles over the years. When one tiny scribble captures “the spark” that I'm looking for, the intangible quality that makes it leap off the page from among the other scribbles. Then I take it and redraw it much larger to see if it holds up.

From there I’ll produce a carefully measured version and do both value-based (b&w) sketches and loose color comps. When I've acheived a solid, compelling color design, I blow it up to 21" x 21" and transfer it to Arches 300 lbs. watercolor paper or Canson toned paper. I use a combination of watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and colored pencils to achieve the intricate designs and vibrant palettes you see in my portfolio of works.

Most important to me is that the final painting should have a deeper meaning and spiritual impact beyond the sum of its parts. While the beauty of the colors and patterns can qualify as “decor,” I strive to make each a complete, stand-alone work of ART.

Original works are available to collectors, as are limited edition giclee prints. Contact the artist, Adam Rhine, for details.

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Ani L'Dodi, v'Dodi Li - I am My Beloved's, and My Beloved is Mine
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Ahava - Love
Ahava - Love
Ani L'Dodi, v'Dodi Li - I am My Beloved's, and My Beloved is Mine II
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Chai 5761
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Chai 5764
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Chai 5766
Chai 5766
Chai 5770
Chai 5770
Chai 5773
Chai 5773

Torah

Torah - The Five Book of Moses
Torah
Gan Eden - The Garden of Eden
Gan Eden
Etz Chayim - The Tree of Life
Etz Chayim
L'Aynaychem - Before Your Eyes
L'Aynaychem
Mitzvot - The 613 Commandments
Mitzvot
Ner Tamid - The Eternal Flame
Ner Tamid
On the Wings of Eagles
On the Wings of Eagles
Mishkan - The Tabernacle
Mishkan
Emunah - Faith
Emunah
Emet - Truth
Emet
Tzedakah - Charity
Tzedakah
Moshiach - The Messiah
Moshiach
Parting of the Waters
Parting of the Waters
Simcha - Joyous Celebration
Simcha

Patriarchs, Matriarchs, and Prophets

Avraham - Abraham - The First Patriarch
Avraham
Sarah - The First Matriarch
Sarah
Yitzchak - Isaac - The Second Patriarch
Yitzchak
Rivka - Rebecca - The Second Matriarch
Rivka
Ya'akov - Jacob - The Third Patriarch
Ya'akov
Leah - The Third Matriarch
Leah
Rachel - The Fourth Matriarch
Rachel
Yosef - Josef
Yosef
Miriam the Prophetess
Miriam
Aharon - Aaron
Aharon
Moshe - Moses
Moshe
Deborah the Prophetess
Deborah
Ezekiel the Prophet
Ezekiel
Isaiah the Prophet
Isaiah
Eliyahu HaNavi - Elijah the Prophet
Eliyahu HaNavi

The Holy Days

Rosh Chodesh - The New Moon
Rosh Chodesh
Rosh Hashanah - The Day of Repentance
Rosh Hashanah
Sukkot - The Festival of Booths
Sukkot
Hanukkah - The Festival of Lights
Hanukkah
Menorah - Hanukkiah
Menorah
Menorah Chai - Hanukkiah of Life
Menorah Chai
Tu B'Shevat - The New Year for Trees
Tu B'Shevat
Purim - The Festival of Lots
Purim
Pesach - Passover - The Festival of Unleavened Bread
Pesach
Lag B'Omer
Lag B'Omer
Shavuot - The Festival of Weeks
Shavuot

Tefilot - Prayers

Tefilah - Prayer
Tefilah
Modeh Ani - I Gratefully Thank You
Modeh Ani
Shema Yisrael - Hear O'Israel
Shema Yisrael
Shalom - Peace
Shalom
Shalom Rav - Abundant Peace
Shalom Rav
Mizrach - The East
Mizrach
 Hoshanah - Save Now!
Hoshanah
Halel - Praise
Hallel
Tal - The Dew
Tal
Aleinu - It is Our Duty
Aleinu
Ayshet Chayil - Valor of a Woman
Ayshet-Chayil
Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World
Tikkun Olam
Yehi Ratzon - May it be Your Will
Yehi Ratzon
Aveinu Malkenu - Our Father, Our King
Aveinu Malkenu
Magen Yisheanu - Shield of Our Salvation
Magen Yisheanu

Magen David Letters

Magen David Daled
Magen David Daled
Magen David Tzadhe
Magen David Tzadhe
Magen David Ayin
Magen David Ayin

Kabbalah and Hamsa

The Zohar - Book of the Kabbalah
The Zohar
Teferet - Splendor
Teferet

Neshamah
Hamsa Aleph
Hamsa Aleph
Hamsa Beit
Hamsa Beit

The Promised Land

Israel! Israel!
Israel! Israel!
Yerushalyim - Jerusalem
Yerushalyim
Flag of Israel
Flag of Israel