Stanwood House studio and gallery

Yonnah conducting a workshop

Chaim in his studio, Stanwood

The house in Ashkelon

Chaim's studio, Israel

Yonnah in her studio, Israel

Link to Interview on KSER radio Everett

Square Dance, mixed media with encausics, collection Veterans' Admin. Hospital, Tacoma, WA

Link to our CV

Artists' Statements

About Us

Bezalel-Levy is the combined signature of Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy, a husband and wife collaboration. We have been collaborating since 1990 on mixed media paintings combining photography and oils, oil pastels, or acrylics on rice paper, canvas, or linen. In 2002 we opened Stanwood House Gallery & Art Center, in Stanwood, Washington in a restored, hundred year old landmark building to which we added a modern, architecturally designed ceramics studio.

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 also work in ceramics and sculpture.