The Portrait of The Late Colonel Ilan Ramon The crash of the shuttle "Columbia" on 01.02.2003 and the death of the Israel's first astronaut Colonel Ilan Ramon with the shuttle staff, was a shock for the whole world and for the painter Michael Khundiashvili as well. At his new painting which he had dedicated to this tragedy, he commemorated the late Ilan Ramon on the background of the whole galaxy. The painter had used the falling stars to symbolize the death of the stuff on the shuttle, the candle that signifies the memory and the scroll of the Torah coming out from the Earth rushing to the sky symbolizing the Ten Commandments which is the basic of the existence of the world, and always guides us, lighting up our way.
Terrorist act at the Dolphinarium on June 1, 2001
The terrorist act at the Dolphinarium had a huge influence on Michael, he created a new painting called "Memory" where we can see the expression of his deep sorrow and pain. At the painting we can see the souls of the young people, dressed in white - the symbol of their innocence and purity, rushing to the Paradise. The candle symbolizes the memory, and the broken flower signifies the ending of their life suddenly, when they where just at the beginning. The painter Michael Khundiashvili dedicated the whole serial of paintings to the victims of terrorist act at the Dolphinarium on June 1, 2001 where 21 youngster people had been killed and 110 were offended.
He already painted seven portraits of those who had been killed at that terrorist act,
and donated to bereaved parents at his gallery in Rishon Le Zion.
Oil portrait paintings of youngster people who had been killed at the terrorist act in Dolphinarium Tel-aviv and Jerusalem, Israel
Lena & Iulia
In 2005 Michael painted the portrait of the Sisters Lena Nalimova (18) and
Iulia Nalimova (16) from Rishon Le zion,
which had been killed at the terrorist act at Dolphinarium Tel-Aviv 01.06.2001.
In 2003 Michael painted the portrait of the young Gila Sara Kessler which had been killed at the terrorist act at Jerusalem.
The painting was donated to her mother Mrs. Bridgete Kessler, at the artist gallery.
"When I notice the smile on the parent's faces and the huge impact that the paintings had on them, when they saw the faces
of their children smiling, looking from the oiled canvas painting directly to them, for me as a painter and an artist this is a feeling
which I find hard to describe in words, the fact that I succeed to give to bereaved parents the hope, and my deep condolences".
Terrorist act at caffe "Sbaro" Jerusalem In 2004 Michael painted the portrait of the Lali Shimshilashvili (32) and Doughter Tamuna Shimshilashvili (7) years old
Killed at caffe "Sbaro" - Jafo st' Jerusalem 09.08.2001.