Dumah the Angel of Dreams by Grigorii Pavlychev

Dumah the Angel of Dreams. Oil on Canvas. 47.2 H x 31.5 W x 1 in

Dumah is a name of ominous portent, the angel of stillness and death, a recurring figure in Rabbinical literature and Yiddish folklore. In Dumah the Angel of Dreams by Russian painter Grigorri Pavlychev, in sparsely painted lines of white and green over dark brown, a female figure is painted against a background of a myriad of whites, greens, yellows and reds, almost as if the angel had been stenciled in over a richly layered background of street graffiti. The angel sits in silent contemplation.

Environments 140 by Shalev Mann

Environments #140 Oil on Canvas. 39.4 H x 59.1 W x 0.6 in

In this piece, one of a large series of paintings, Israeli artist Shalev Mann paints on the canvas a patchwork of soft earthy colors reminiscent of desert camouflage or, as is suggested by the title, fields as might be viewed from an airplane. Sparsely scattered across the canvas are small black marks that might be field workers. The painting is soothing, but also serves as a reminder of how the environments are shaped by human activity.

Part of the Crowd by Edith Torony

Acrylic, Oil, Spray Paint on Canvas. 47.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 in

Romanian artist Edith Torony creates richly textured abstracts composed of what are only nearly recognizable components. In Part of the Crowd, small figures are scattered within a dirty, crowded circle, one half of which is in darkness, and the other bathed in a dirty ochre. Given the title of the piece, the elements within it, and the utter lack of green or blue, one is tempted to see here a grim depiction of the our planet, either in its current or future ecological state. Regardless of the interpretation, the painting elicits a feeling of discord and claustrophobia.