Meir Salomon's Journey Through Geometry and Nature
In Salomon's art, the passion for his homeland is tangible but he felt it was too confined and limited for an artist to develop and moved to Amsterdam, where, although quiet for a city it was also cosmopolitan, modern and very supportive of artists.
Harmony, a collective dance of colour and light; this is what you feel in front of a Salomon picture. Nature and geometry, which are basically the perfection of the creation. Everything is Spirituality, which isn’t religion, it is more than this, because it connects together mankind's existential questions. He creates a symbolic language imbued with mysticism. His art, moreover, is the best emotional vehicle through which to understand the soul, the underlying meaning of things, everything that you can’t explain with words or the usual thought processes.
The graphic structure of Salomon's works is a study of sensory references and a triumph of colours. In his oil paintings the symbolist imagery merges with a modern idea of graphics, permeating every field from artistic to advertising and the geometric rigour of Ritveld. One can interpret this as 'tracks of reality', wrapped colour, which when present, produce an effect of surprise, similar to the idea of Magic Realism. The viewer is conducted through a dream of floating ideas and forced to wonder what is the purpose of mankind on earth.
His sensitivity to colour and line can be traced back to the movement of Mondrian De Stijl, but it is refined in order to create a specific language, created to confer to the reality itself, represented with touches of mastery, an ultimate meaning, where lines and colours have their own specific emotional value.
There is a spiritual aspect to Salomon's paintings, which are scattered with representations of religious symbols and extracts of sacred readings that together create a sinewy web of arabesque, decorative elements. This idea is translated in the use of diagonal lines that accompany the observer to spritual heights beyond the canvas.
The temporary existence of mankind on earth is represented by the continuous presence of flowers; the fall of each petal marks our time on earth and the transience of life. Flowers are also a picture of perfection of created things. The plastic decorativeness of the series "fire and water" is an interesting idea of how to shape reality, but doesn't differ from the concept of geometric lines and colour, in apparently a less mystical sense, but perhaps simplified even more.
All of this is Salomon, an artist who captures every person with his disarming ability to dig deep.
Critique by Roberta Zani
Image on the top: Flower - oil painting by Meir Salomon