I painted this portrait from an extremely old, very unclear, black and white photograph. Being that I had no way of knowing the colours such as his eye colour or skin colour, I chose to give it the monochrome effect.
Rav Shlomo Elyashiv Zt’l also know as the Leshem or Ba’al Haleshem was born in Lithuania in 1841 and passed away at the age of 84 in Jerusalem, Israel. He was an extremely holy figure who spent many years studying kaballah (hidden teachings of the Torah) and printed his own works. He was the grandfather of Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv Zt’l whom I have also painted.
Caroline Katz –
I’m absolutely delighted to be writing this testament to Hava Sebbag’s incredible talent. I commissioned a black and white portrait of the Leshem for my husband’s birthday. Hava’s customer care was second to none. Hava listened to what I asked for and then advised me on size and exact colouring. She checked in with me every step of the way showing me sketches as she created her masterpiece. When the final product was finished it took breath away. If you look at the portrait from afar you can’t believe it isn’t a person looking right at you and if you look at it close up you can see the tiniest details in the beard, the peyos, the skin, the hair, the light in the eyes. I knew that Hava would be the right person for the job but I never expected to be blown away each time I look at it! It was a pleasure working with Hava and I highly recommend her as an artist!