Harry Araten was born in 1936 in Casablanca, Morocco. He lived in New York and New Jersey from 1940-1969 and studied in New York City from 1968 based in Israel.
Philosophy of the Artist:
The elements of nature that surround us, both physically and metaphysically should soothe us. Instead, we destroy the essential beauty and basic peace of our environment. We enclose ourselves in many needless rules and regulations. Our freedom of choices is limited by our own narrow-mindedness and selfless pursuit of absurdities.
Mankind, as represented by the suited form and by the hopes of an angelic alter-ego, optimistically but with an underlying sorrow continuously searches. Searches with an unswerving single-mindedness for happiness during survival on a dwindling planet. Symbols of this search include balloons and butterflies, rising as high as imagination and spirit wills.
My art is oblique. I point rather than slash so that my philosophy is revealed slowly, in a measured manner. In this way, the viewer reaches intellectual conclusions that are deeply and continuously felt. Looking at and feeling my art offers philosophical rhythms that flow to their logical conclusions.