His “Jeremiah” appears much younger, a contemporary man (as in all of Ben Cnaan’s biblical paintings) with a hoe at his side, and it remains unclear whether he is not simply a (Jewish or Arab) worker taking a momentary pause in the midst of his backbreaking work."
Dr. Doron J. Lurie, from the catalogue: A Decade of the Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art, 2019. Editor: Dr. Doron J. Lurie. To the full text.
Jeremiah, 117 X 160 Cm, oil on board, 2018. Private collection. Chicago.
Ben Cnaan portrays the treatment of an illegal foreigner through inspiration based from the biblical story about Samson and Delilah. Ben Cnaan envisions Samson’s last hours before he commits suicide through a modern representation.
Zemack Contemporary Art Gallery.
Simson at His Cell, 145 X 160 Cm, Oil on linen. 2007. Private collection. Tel Aviv.