Bio

Lori Loebelsohn received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in 1982, where she studied painting and drawing.  She received an MS from Hunter College in 1990. In addition to painting, Lori has taught studio art to high school students.

Lori’s work has been published by Harper Collins, Cambridge University Press, Providence Publishing, and Eakins Press.  In addition to illustration work, Lori spent a number of years painting traditional oil and watercolor portraits. Since 2005 she has focused on creating more symbolic portraits. She calls these paintings “Life Cycle Portraits”, because they include stories, memories and images that are more symbolic representations of the person’s life or the event. These paintings have been greatly influenced by early American quilts, medieval Ketubot and manuscripts. Lori’s Life Cycle Portrait’s have evolved to include both religious and secular themes, as well as, personal symbols. She has been commissioned to create many paintings for life cycle events, such as births, B’nai Mitzvot, graduation, weddings, anniversaries and even a 100th birthday celebration.

In 2011, Lori was commissioned to illustrate a 64-page Family Haggadah. She worked closely with her client to create a new and original Haggadah. The Haggadah was designed by Jak Design and published as a limited edition book.

Lori has used a similar technique to create intricate and highly decorative posters and illustrations for a variety of clients. For BlueWave NJ, Lori created a symbolic painting, which graphically represented the group’s main political goals and issues. Prints of the painting were sold to members of the community and given by BlueWave NJ to Governors Corzine and Codey, U.S Senators Feingold and Menendez, and local elected officials. In 2009, Lori created a poster for Bike & Walk Montclair, a non-profit bicycle and walking advocacy group. Also in 2009, she created the 10th anniversary commemorative shirt for the Ashenfelter 8K classic, a nationally recognized race, which drew a crowd of over 2,000 participants. These images have been used on posters and can be seen on coffee mugs, t-shirts, invitations and various websites. Lori has also designed and done the artwork for Meredith Greenberg’s debut CD, “P’ticha,” 2012, and other CD covers for Susan Borofsky’s cd’s, “Songs of Jewish Renewal,” 2005,  and “From Schtetls to Standards,” 2005. Lori is currently represented by Ketubah.com and CBL Gallery.

 

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