Dekel Press - CROSS-GENRE ART BOOKS - art, architecture, photography, history, religion, criticism, poetry

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ISBN: 978-0-9995958-8-6. 8 x 8 in., softcover, 86 pages with 38 full color illustrations. $20

36 difficult Bible stories told in rhyming verse, each illustrated by a sculpture or painting, brings new insights to the Bible. The book is an in depth Bible study disguised as a simple picture book.

ISBN: 978-0-9995958-9-3. softcover, 8 ½ x 8 ½ in., 40 pages. $20

Lifelong artist and teacher, Yonnah Ben Levy, presents her recent project combining art and poetry in this book containing 16 mandalas with accompanying poems. This series was painted over a year spent in Israel during the COVID virus as she depicted the succession of flowers and flowering trees seen in a nearby park, in her own garden, along the Mediterranean, or in Jerusalem

58 pages, 34 illustrations, softcover. $25 (awaiting ISBN)

During the time of the recent pandemic, artist and poet, Yonnah Ben Levy spent time in her Ashkelon studio and home painting the succession of flowers as they came into season in Israel. She has paired these paintings with poetry which she has written over the past 30 years in Israel and America.

42 pages, 40 illustrations, hardcover, signed, numbered first edition, $60

In 1975, the artist returned to New York, city of his birth. He was 25 years old and had come to choose between a career as an artist or a stockbroker. Despite encouragement from a gallery, he followed a false lead from a brokerage firm. A year later, he began his training to become a stockbroker, ultimately leading him to Wall Street both as a resident and an employee of a firm which no longer exists. The only things which survived those 10 years as a broker are 3 sons and several boxes of slides. Most of these paintings are from those slides, but since then there have been other returns and paintings representing them.

ISBN 978-0-9995958-4-8, paperback, 134 p., 150 illustrations, 8 1/2x 11”

Returning to America after many years abroad, artist couple Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy rediscover the country. Living and working in several regions including the Hudson River Valley and Catskills, birthplace of the American landscape, the Gulf Coast of Florida, the Sonoran Desert, and the Pacific Northwest, they have created a series of paintings depicting the breadth and depth of the American landscape. With descriptive passages and poems. $30

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ISBN - 978-0-9995958-0-0, paperback, 6h x 9w in. 90 pp, 77 illustrations

Original Paintings and photographs of architectural elements in Israel with descriptions and some historical information. The book represents the culmination of a 25 year project of a husband and wife artistic collaboration documenting the history of Israel through architectural elements. $20

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ISBN-13: 978-0-9995958-6-2 40 pages, hardcover, 32 illustrations, 5 ½ x 8 “

This beautifully illustrated version of Proverbs 31. makes a perfect gift for a wedding, anniversary, birthday, Mother's day, Valentine's Day, bat mitzvah, or any special occasion with a dedication page to be filled in. Each verse is illuminated with one of seven original borders by Judaica artist Yonnah Ben Levy, who also designed a special Hebrew calligraphy. Her husband Chaim Bezalel, depicts only her hands in such activities as knitting, gardening, ceramics, painting, and simply celebrating life. Woman of Valour (a handbook) - hardbound (library binding), 40 pages, calligraphy with color illustrations of woman's hands in various activities. $20

ISBN 978-0-9995958-1-7, 86 p., 52 illustrations, 9 x 6 in.

The author and artist began collecting small carvings as a child in the 1960's. Only later did he begin to research the religious and cultural meaning behind many of these objects. He began doing a series of paintings of these as well as objects in other collections. The objects, all by anonymous artists, span six thousand years. They are described and put into context as they migrate from their original cultic and religious purpose to their presence in modern day collections. Finally, the author addresses his own culture which traditionally disdained the veneration of objects but venerates words. Thus an essay called, "The Talmud, a Brief Travelogue" is included, which discusses history, the Bible, and religion in a contemporary and entertaining way. $20

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ISBN-13: 978-0-9995958-3-1 52 p., 50 illustrations, 11 x 8 1/2 in.

This book contains words and pictures relating to two different but related art collaborations, “Bowls of Blessing” (2011) and “Urim and Thummim” (1991). The bowls illuminate, through original photographs and text in English and Hebrew, excerpts from Jacob’s blessings over his twelve sons (Genesis 49) the progenitors of the twelve tribes of Israel. Regarding the "Urim and Thummim portion, nobody knows what the Urim and Thummim were physically. They served as an oracle through which the nation got direction and specific answers to their queries. The series consits of 12 panels, each with 12 images and surrounding illuminations. This is an art book that is based on the Bible, and on particular portions of the Bible which are poetic and not easily understood. Sometimes art steps in where language leaves off. $20

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ISBN-13: 978-0-9995958-2-4, 118 p., 53 illustrations, 9 x 6 in.

A cross-genre exploration of art and community. The book includes art, poetry, and essays on art. The author began the book while serving on the Planning Commission of his city, where he wrote poems describing the current agenda. He then went on to create an installation in various artistic mediums dealing with the subject. The incive essays on art and culture were written over a 20 year period. $20

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ISBN: 978-0-9995958-5-5 120 p. black and white illustrations, 9 x 6 in.

In 1988, a 38 year old ex-hippie, ex- stockbroker on the lam boards a plane to Israel, where he has never been, with a one way ticket and two suitcases. Two years later, during the Gulf War, he is drafted into the Israeli army reserves. This is his journal. $15

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