Daniel in the Lion's Den
by Kopel Gurwin, 1923-1990
I like the simple border of leaves and circles.
Here's what I found out about the artist:
Prominent Israeli artist, was born and educated in Vilna, Poland. Survived the Holocaust and imprisonment in concentration camps and later immigrated to Israel. Studied art at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Felt tapestries were his creative medium of expression. He derived inspiration from the rich source of the bible, illustrating the many themes in warm and vivid colours incorporating the Hebrew script as an integral ornamental element.
Whether or not you like the subject matter, the colours are great and the shapes are so 1960s, right down to the stylized Hebrew letters. I like how the artist uses analagous colours in the lions (reds, oranges, even purple) and blues and grees in the central figure. The shapes are all made from felt -- it didn't feel like wool felt, but I didn't want to be too bold, and all the shapes are stitched on with a blanket stitch.
Here's a close up of the stitching and all the colours in the central figure.
Seeing this piece, which is about 60 by 60 inches, really made my day. there's so much to look at here. Google Kopel Gurwin to find a few more tapestries and some listings on eBay.