When I went searching the internet galleries for artwork which I thought would represent Parables & Primes properly, I stumbled across the work of Israeli artist, Mandy Sand, and was immediately blown away. I fell in love with his painting, King David, and wanted to use it as the cover for the album. It had the perfect blending of many contradictory elements which I find appealing -- a classical elegance, but of offbeat fantastical scenes -- a staunch central main subject, yet deep intricate details -- a strong literal realism and yet rich provocative symbolic metaphors. It had the same tone as the record. And it was beautiful to look at.
When I wrote to Mandy to ask him if I could use his painting on my album, I received an email back from his wife, Agy, informing me that Mandy had passed away three months earlier.
I'm very sad that I never had the opportunity to tell Mandy, personally, how much I was touched by his artwork. But I'm proud that Agy believes that Mandy would have liked for his work to be associated with mine as the cover of Parables & Primes. And it means a lot to me to be able to present some more of his work now to y'all. The rest of this page is filled with but a few examples of Mandy's vast portfolio of work. Please browse through and enjoy the selection. And go check out Mandy's main gallery site for more biographical information, and to view many more pieces . . .
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