Ethan Amram is only 16 years old, but his painting seems to be that of a much more mature person with a look that is amazed at the world and his people, since he particularly likes to paint portraits.
For the first time his paintings will be exhibited at the Espace 10 Gallery in Jerusalem from January 15, so don’t miss them.
Ethan studies at the Yemine Orde school. With some of his comrades, he made a Chanukiah which was lit this year at the White House.
An artist to follow.
Here is the article dedicated to him in the newspaper “Le Petit Hebdo”
Aliyah as a trigger
Ethan made aliyah with his parents five years ago. When he arrives in Israel, he cannot immediately benefit from ulpan lessons. He goes to school but finds it hard to follow, he doesn’t understand… He then rediscovers a passion that he admits to already had since childhood: drawing. “It is especially since I live in Israel that I discovered my abilities. I have always liked to draw, but I did not know that I was capable of producing such canvases. I am also interested in sculpting wood, glass and metal as well as ceramics,” he says.
Ethan’s “double life”
Ethan is only 16 years old, but he already knows that he wants to make his passion his profession. And to achieve this, he invests himself with heart and soul in his art. “I go to school until 4 p.m. From 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., I paint, I sculpt”. Ethan studies at Yemin Orde, a school campus that has a very specific mission: to accompany Olim from different countries to help them in their school curriculum, to support them in their choices after the baccalaureate.
As part of his schooling, he benefits from private drawing lessons, subsidized by the Yemin Orde school once a week. In addition, the establishment provides students with an art room in which all the necessary tools can be found. Ethan admits to being the one who goes there most often. While boys his age think about going out and having fun after school, Ethan indulges in his passion: “When I work on a canvas, I go there every day for two weeks. My friends know that I am taken by my art and respect it. Sometimes I even ask people to come with me: I enjoy their company when I paint and they really appreciate what I do”.
His sources of inspiration
Like any artist, Ethan has his sources of inspiration. He recognizes that everything around him can spark the idea of a work: “One day, while I was doing a volunteer activity, I met an old lady who was 109 years old. Her face inspired me, I made a canvas of it. I have no favorite themes: I paint on the elderly as well as on music, religious themes or even the Shoah. What I like to represent are the faces, the expressions”.
A promising artist
Even if Ethan is still young to define himself as an artist, it is clear from the sight of his works that a bright future opens up before him. “My parents support me but point out to me that it is very difficult to make a living from your art. I know it, but that’s what I want and I will give myself the energy to achieve it. From January 15, Ethan will exhibit in Jerusalem, at Espace 10. This will be his third exhibition, but the first in a real gallery for which he would like to thank the directors. He is happy to be there and to share his art, which he sees as a way of transmitting a message in the form of a dialogue with his audience: “There is always a message behind a work. But it is up to everyone to interpret it as they feel.
Exhibition “Ethan’s brushes”
Opening on Thursday 01/15/2014 at 7 p.m.
Exhibition until 05/02/14, open Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Space 10, Rehov Beer Sheva 10, Jerusalem