JHOM - Samuel Bak - Interview
1 Family History:
Bak: Bet Kuf "Children of Martyrs." Vilna, Sfat, and Jerusalem.
symbols and Jewish history is like repairing broken vessels
Light in Bak's paintings.
"Hope is a crucial thing. It keeps human nature together and makes
the mind and body function."
Repairing the broken
vessels of worldly life. "I am grateful to my art."
I had a story to tell." Exchanging 'stylish' art for a deeper,
The continuous struggle of making art. Jacob
struggling with the stranger.
many trees in Bak's paintings.
Tragic, Sad, Sweet.
Memories of childhood in the Vilna Ghetto.
II.: Surviving the Holocaust in a Benedictine convent.
child prodigy.: "When I was three or four I was a very talented
painter, but I wanted to sell candies with a little monkey in the public
gardens, I wanted to be a policeman. . . "
symbols. The painting "Nuremberg Elegie."
process of creating a painting. Intellectual and intentional, but
spanning the history of art and a personal library of thousands of