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Archie Granot - Artist From Israel

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Archie Granot israeli artist

Archie Granot israeli artist

Archie Granot israeli artist

Media - Papercuts
Website - http://archiegranot.com

Born in London, England in 1946, Archie Granot moved to Israel in 1967. Prior to settling in Jerusalem in 1978, he was a member of an agricultural community where he milked cows and grew melons. Archie Granot  created his first papercut in 1979. He has a M.Phil in Russian Studies from the University of Glasgow, Scotland and a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Studies from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Jerusalem artist Archie Granot is one of the leading paper cut artists in the world. His creative papercuts - the ketubah, mizrach, mezuzah, birkat habayit (blessing for the Jewish home) and more - both revive and continue a traditional Jewish art form while innovating against it. Distinguished by multiple layers of paper, Granot produces creative and beautiful papercuts - complex and impressive works, each cut with surgical scalpel, require a lengthy and intuitive process of creation, a process often hidden beneath the multiple layers of paper. Curves and links are interwoven creating incredible depth, texture and movement to which limited and careful use of gold leaf and woven papers only adds. Archie Granot use of Hebrew inscriptions, handcut in astonishingly precise calligraphic letters in his papercuts, is an integral part of his work.

Many of the texts relate to Jerusalem, Judaica, Judaism, Israel, and Jewish weddings (Ketubah). Many of his paper cuts carry a reminder of the holy city, a source of his inspiration. To take in the whole image, one must stand at a distance. And yet the intricacy of the cut invites you to view the details from close up. The paper cuts of Archie Granot have been exhibited extensively and are in public and private collections around the world.




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