New York City, Return for Redemption, 1975

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.




At Mosholu Parkway Station in the Bronx, 1975

Now



Balloon Man, oil on paper on board, 22 x 30 in.

Tbe News, oil on paper on board, 22 x 30 in.

Dawn, East River, oil on paper on board, 22 x 30 in.

Subway Station, oil on paper on board, 20 x 28 ½ in.

Third Rail, oil on linen, 18 x 24 in. (painted in 2019 from 2016 return to NYC)


Brooklyn Navy Yard, oil on paper on board,



Queensboro Bridge, oil on paper on board, 18 x 28 in.



Gorman's Hamburger, oil on paper on board, 21 x 27 in.


Twin Towers, oil on linen on board, 30 x 22 in.

Hello Strongman, oil on burlap on board, 26 x 18 in. (painted 2019 from 2017 return to NYC)

This antique carnival item is in the headquarters of J.P. Morgan


The Photographer, oil on paper on panel, 20 x 29 in.

The Waiting Room, Grand Central Station, oil on paper on panel, 18 x 27 in.


My Cousin Irwin's Apartment, Brooklyn, 1975, oil pastels on Fabriano paper, 19 ½ x 25 in.

Times Square, gouache, crayon, and sparkle on Fabriano paper, 19 ½ x 25 in.


Grand Central Station, Midnight, December, 1975, oil pastels on handmade paper, 17 ½ x 22 ½ in.

Self Portrait, Bronx, NY, oil on canvas panel, 16 x 20 in,


Study in Red, Upper East Side, gouache on paper, 28 x 22 in. (painted 2020 from 2014 return to NYC)

Flatbush Avenue, mixed media with oil sticks and oil pastels, 30 x 22 in. (painted 2020 from 2017 return)


Coney Island I, oil pastels on paper, 30 x 22 in. (painted 2020 from 2018 return to NYC)

Coney Island II, oil stick and oil pastels on handmade paper, 34 x 24 in. ( 2020 from 2018 return)


View of Roosevelt Island from Astoria Ferry Dock at Hallet's Cove, Queens, oil pastels, 18 x 24 in.

The Lower East Side in the Fog, oil stick and oil pastels on paper, 18 x 24 in. (2020 from 2018 return)


Hudson Line to the City, gouache, gesso, and graphite on Fabriano paper, 19 x 24 in.

Intersection, Queens, oil pastels and oil stick on paper, 22 x 30 in.


Lobby, Brooklyn, mixed media with crayon, 18 ½ x 25 in.


Bar at the Brooklyn Museum, oil on paper mounted on wood panel, 17 x 23 in.

St. George and the Dragon, U.N. Plaza, NYC, oil on paper mounted on panel, 17 x 23 in.

Mona at Far Rockaway Beach, oil, sand on paper mounted on panel, 17 x 23 in.


Next Stop, Penn Station, oil on paper on panel, 17 x 23 in.

125th St. Station, oil on paper on panel, 17 x 23 in.


Coming in for a Landing at JFK, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.


View from my Window, crayons, 19 x 25 in.


Sideshow, Coney Island, crayons, 19 x 25 in.

Reflection, Glass and Steel, oil on canvas, 25 x 33 in.


Apartment Buildings, soft pastels on handmade paper, 14 x 20 in.


NYC, Moon at Daytime, soft pastels and polychrome crayons, 14 x 20 in.

Lincoln Tunnel Through the Rear View Mirror, soft pastels on paper, 18 x 24 in,

Henry Hudson Bridge at Spuyten Duyvil, Bronx, oil on canvas, 22 x 30 in.




View from the Museum of Modern Art, acrylics on canvas, 18 x 25 in.


Yellow Cab Refraction from a 5th Avenue Window, oil pastels on canvas, 28 x 21 in.

Express, pastels on handmade rice paper, 17 x 45 in.



Skyline, pastels on handmade paper, 12 x 33 in.


Homeless, oil on paper on panel, 20 x 28 in.





More paintings of New York City by Yonnah and by Chaim and Yonnah in collaboration



Clocktower, oil on canvas on panel, 16 x 20 in.

link to original song: You Can't Go Home Again


You Can't Go Home Again


I was born in New York City, 1949

Near the Kingsbridge Station on the IRT line

I can see the trains a-slowin at the station each night

I can see the clocktower glowin with a ghostly light


You can't go home again,

you can't go home again

You can't go home again.


I'm standin at the window, I' can't be more than two

2525 Aquaduct Avenue

Rosemary Clooney's on the radio

I don't know what she singing but she's croonin' sweet and low


You can't go home again,

you can't go home again

You can't go home again.

I dreamed that all I wanted was to beat upon a drum

No-one would give one to me till my sister bought me one

Now my sister's she's not livin' on this planet anymore

I hope she's finally happy and I hope she's learned the score.


You can't go home again,

you can't go home again

You can't go home again.


Doesn't matter where you come from, doesn't matter where you are

It doesn't really matter if you've wandered near or far

If you go by motor or if you go by rail

If you are in prison or if you're out on bail.


You can't go home again,

you can't go home again

You can't go home again.


Words and music by Chaim Bezalel

performed by Chaim and the Essentials on the CD “The Simple Son”