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Ashkelon: small ceramic heads and vases, with white text on a terracotta colour


An exhibition of contemporary art by Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy, inspired by archaeology

7 March - 3 April 2019


Ashkelon is an archaeological site on the Israeli coastline. As one of the oldest occupied cities in the world, Ashkelon has a rich and diverse history. It is but a short walk from the home of Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy. Inspired by its successive occupations and material remains – Ashkelon was ruled by ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Assyrians and many others in its long history of occupation – Bezalel and Ben Levy have collaborated in the fields of painting, sculpture, ceramics and photography to produce this wide-ranging exhibition of works.


a painting of a naked figure on a rearing horse, with another figure pulling him from behind

Battle Scene on a Marble Sarcophagus (1992). Copyright: Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy


Purchase of works can be arranged with the artist. Please to enquire about prices.


About the Artists

Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy are a husband and wife team based in both Israel and the US, where their works are in many public collections. They have been collaborating since 1990 in mixed media paintings combining photography and oils, oil pastels, or acrylics on rice paper, canvas or linen. In 2002, they opened the Standwood House Gallery and Art Center in Stanwood, Washington, where they also have ceramics studio.

This is their first exhibition in Great Britain. They are published by Dekel Press. Their publications will be available for purchase from Heffers for the duration of the exhibition.


Find out more

Visit the website of Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy


the artists in a desertCopyright: Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy 

Every cast tells two stories.
One ancient. One modern.

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