The Party Favor, is based on a photo by Ze’ev Aleksandrowicz taken during the wedding of the daughter of the Tzaddic Rabbi Ben Cion Halberstamm, October 3rd, 1931, in Galicia, Nowy-Sanz, Poland. It was part of about sixty photos taken that day, thus a sort of party favor for the wedding. Completed to augment a book, The Horse Adjutant, also by the artist. This painting brings clarity the coldness of the times, the dynamic energy of the old world Jews, and the coming electronic age as noted by the power poles. It is also an ominous race against the coming clash of nations.
El Arenal, is based the volcano of the same name overlooking La Fortuna, Costa Rica. It looms quietly over the well-kept park in the city center. It is a simple design executed with finesse and masterful design elements using a series of squared swirls similar to design patterns found on the craftsmanship of the region. Of special interest is the hand painted frame. El Arenal is a legacy painting with an eye towards enhancing value and pushing the boundaries of art history.
Frogs and Flowers
Frogs and Flowers is a large canvas depicting a surreal jungle scene. The central element is an organic organ with what seems to be opium flowers coming out of its pipes. Sitting in front of the organ, cross-legged, is a friend of the artist, Rabbi Yaakov Thompson. He is wearing a yamica and playing guitar. The rug he sits on has fringes shaped like the keys of the organ cradled between a pair of bird of paradise plants. Looking at the composition clockwise from the top a DETAIL RABBI YAAKOV THOMPSON flute is found under vegetation that curves around the left side. White Flowers with five petals each are arranged uniformly from small to large where the holes of the flute would normally be found. Coming from the throat of the flute is a waterfall separated by a fern silhouette. Frogs are positioned on both sides. A seed pod in the shape of the Rabbis’ face is upside down on the right side of the organ completing the composition. Rabbi Thompson died only a few years after the painting was completed.
Historic 5th Avenue
Historic 5th Avenue is based on an event paying tribute to the black community of Delray, Florida, with its epicenter on historic 5th Avenue. After spending the prior day at the Smithsonian Institute Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., the artist came home to South Florida and went to this early evening outdoor concert. Using the ethnic characters from the museum he was motivated by the pulsating music of the band creating a composite drawing. The resulting master drawing developed that evening and eventually became the subject of the painting. The composition uses cubism, mirroring effects, Egyptian iconography and a touch of humor in the from of The Big Lebowski, bowling pins, and ball.
The Acropolis. In the summer of 2015, the artist and his daughter spent two weeks studying the ancient Greek Acropolis. To achieve this, they split their time, half in the UK at the British Museum and the other half in Athens. The relics are found in both cities. On the very first day in Athens, tired and hungry they found themselves on the veranda of the Electra Hotel with a view towards the Acropolis. The site was mesmerizing, drawings emerged. Painted with a palette knife, the colors show the scene in twilight. Orange light, with a turquoise sky, imbues the right side while purple and cobalt occupy the left. Below the changing sky rests the old city, the Palatka. Electric lights dot the landscape, greens, blues, and grays and browns complete the painting, and its unique frame.
University of Florida College of Art
University of Florida, College of Art, Using the original photo and the artists iPad pro with an iPencil and an App called Art Rage the artist conceived of a version of the college of art where all the bvertical panels glow with color. Trees are like confetti held still by invisable branches. The photos show the artist’s daughter, Carly, a student of Art History at the artist’s alma matter.
Ron Carter, one of the premier bass players of modern Jazz was captured by the artist during his concert tour with Pat Metheny during the summer of 2016 at the Molde, Jazz Festival, in Norway. Mr. Carter, one of the original members of the Miles Davis Quartet formed in the 1960’s, is also Professor Emeritus of the Music Department of the City College of New York having taught there for 20 years. Shooster’s painting captures the master in action. His brush strokes matched the sounds as it was complete while he played. Molde is the scene of the 2nd oldest Jazz Festival in Europe.
Frank and d'Beans
Frank and d’Beans is a local band from Marquette, Michigan. The band played at the Blackrocks bar when the artist happened to be in town. Blackrocks was created by converting a home, making it cozy. There happens to be a stairwell from which the artist perched himself to capture the drawing as the band played. That is how he got the unique perspective. A playful scene, the band members are wearing oversize glasses. Unicorn and sailfish masks decorate the back wall. The drummer smashes the symbols with color waves resulting. The band seems focused as if in the middle of a set. Colors surround the musicians like sound waves filling the space. A few beer steins decorate the ceiling. A major painting for the artist, one year in production, Frank and d’Beans also sports a frame painted to match the canvas.
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Sainte Chapelle is a painting inspired by the chapel of the same name in the heart of Paris. During the late afternoon, they sponsor live classical concerts featuring Vivaldi and Mozart. Listeners hear the music while watching the sunset transform the extensive stained glass and exotic woodworking. The original drawing was completed during a single musical session. Once in the studio, this painting took on the feeling of a construction zone full of architectural lines and plumb lines. Throughout the composition you can see icons of the State mixed with icons of the church, clearly showing no separation of church and State.
Dual Violins is an oil painting conceived from a drawing completed in the summer of 2012 during a Klezmer concert by Jascha Lieberman and company in Krakow, Poland, at the Bats gallery. During deep contemplation of this painting, candles quiver, the instruments breath, a marble column becomes an accordion, and the lines form a flowing interpretation of the sounds. A unique hand painted frame completes the work, as exciting, unique piece of legacy Fine Art.
Tribute to Django
Tribute to Django Reinhardt is a dedication to the gypsy guitar player extraordinaire of the same name. Known for his mustache bridge guitar, depicted are two of them like old men talking in a case shaped like a body. The lower case becomes Django and the upper one a singer, the artist’s daughter, Cassidy. They are serenaded by a cello that is also tickling Cassidy’s toe. A playful painting, Tribute to Django Reinhardt, is a joyful and serene, accompanied by a unique frame completing a 21st-century contemporary masterpiece.
The Shusters, sitting at a pair of tables are three Jewish men, two wearing military uniforms. Each has a bottle of wine in front of them with a photo of a loved one leaning on the bottle. The far right figure is Benzy Shuster, brother of the artist’s grandfather, Frank Shooster. The others, unknown, have features of the Shooster family. This is one of the earliest photos of the Shuster family. All these people were destroyed in the Nazi Holocaust. The family is from Lutsk, Russia. However, the men are wearing Polish Uniforms.
Preservation of Jazz
The Preservation of Jazz, is a painting based on a drawing made by the artist , July of 2014, at an old bar called, Maison de Bourbon, in the heart of American Jazz, Bourbon Street, New Orleans. It is otherwise known as, The House of Bourbon. Featuring two brass instrumentalists flanked by an upright bass and a keyboard player in the shadows. The whole composition shimmers as if dancing. A tip jar stands ready for your accolades. As a bonus, the gold frame is hand-painted with Opaline on the outside edge. A labor of love, The Preservation of Jazz, is signed Shoosty.
Bonnie Springs Nevada, is one of the few watering holes that was a required stop by the settlers heading for California. We set up just beyond the tourist parking in view of the road. Many people stopped by to check our progress. Shooster was contacted by an old elementary school friend, Keith Nobel via Facebook just two days before this event. The had not seen each other in 43 years! Shooster decided upon a contemporary painting where color and painterly style superceed reality. The mountain range is narrowed to a horizon line and the scrub brush just a few shapes. A white sky, and yellow forground set the tone with dark brown and pink accents.
Cassidy playing Guitar
Warrior with Thunderbird
Self Portrait with Carly
Self portrait with Carly. I walked away from the drawing and she added these child like drawings.