Harry Araten

Biography

Harry Araten (1936-2001) was born in Casablanca, Morocco. Lived and studied in New-York between the years 1940-1968, and moved to Israel in 1968. Since 1965 he exhibited internationally. He was a published author and an illustrator of children’s books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Harry Araten include Seven Animal Stories for Children, Essential Jewish Trivia Book for Kids, A Child’s First Book of Jewish Holidays. He was also an accomplished and widely exhibited watercolorist and serigrapher.

Artist’s philosophy

“The elements of nature that surround us, both physically and metaphysically, should sooth us. Instead, we destroy the essential beauty and basic peace of our environment. We enclose ourselves in many needless rules and regulations. Choice is limited by our narrow-mindedness and selfless pursuit of absurdities. Humanity, as represented by the suited form and by the hopes of the angelic alter-ego, optimistically, but with an underlying sorrow, continuously searches. Searches with an unswerving single-mindedness for happiness during survival on a dwindling planet. Symbols of this search include balloons and butterflies, rising as high as imagination and spirit wills. My art is oblique; I point rather than slash so that my philosophy is revealed slowly, in a measured manner. In this way, the viewer reaches intellectual conclusions that are deeply and continuously felt. My art offers philosophical rhythms that flow to their conclusions.”

Exhibitions

1966: JERSEY CITY MUSEUM, NEW JERSEY 1973: MICHAEL BROWN GALLERY, ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA 1975: GALERIE LINKE, AMSTERDAM* ; MODERN ART GALLERY, CEASAREA, ISRAEL* 1978: NATHAN GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO* ; SHAMIR GALLERY, TEL AVIV 1979: ISRAEL MUSEUM, JERUSALEM 1980: GALLERY 13 1/2, JAFFA, ISRAEL* ; GALERIE LINKE, AMSTERDAM* ; GALERIE LUBERTA, ZUTPHEN, HOLLAND ; FRANCIS KYLE GALLERY, LONDON 1981: FRANCIS KYLE GALLERY, LONDON ; CARLYLE GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY ; BORN GALERIE,COLOGNE, GERMANY 1984: YESHIVA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM, NEW YORK CITY* 1985: HITTLEMAN GALLERY, LOS ANGELES* ; FRANCIS KYLE GALLERY, LONDON; LUFTHANSA “ARTISTS OF THE WORLD” 1986: CARLYLE GALLERY, TEL AVIV* 1991: EDISON GALERIE, THE HAGUE ; ENDE GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY* 1994: ENDE GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY* ; TOKYO ART EXPO*; LOGOS GALLERIES: TOKYO*, KYOTO*, NAGASAKI* 1997: GALERIE LINKE, AMSTERDAM* ; SATYRYKON, LEGNICA MUSEUM, POLAND; GALERIA ZERO, BARCELONA ; CADAQUES, BARCELONA 1998: BIBLE MUSEUM, TEL AVIV ; ZEMUN MUSEUM, YUGOSLAVIA ; SAI GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY SAMAP, FRANCE ; GALLERI SULEGAARDEN, ASSEN, DENMARK ;CADAQUES, BARCELONA;ASHDOD MUSEUM, ISRAEL* 1999: GALERIA ZERO, BARCELONA* ; NOPHAR ART, TEL AVIV* ; JERUSALEM ARTISTS HOUSE;ASHDOD MUSEUM, ISRAEL* ; SATYRYKON, LEGNICA MUSEUM, POLAND 2000: GALLERI SULEGAARDEN, ASSEN, DENMARK ; SAMAP, FRANCE ; ASHDOD MUSEUM, ISRAEL; “2000 ARTISTS OF THE WORLD” THE MILLENIUM COLLECTION TRAVELLING EXHIBITION;ATRIUM GALLERY, BRATISLAVA 2001: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SLOVAKIA* ; BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY GALLERY, ISRAEL*SOLO EXHIBITION