Sabra with Yellow Flowers, 2005, oil on canvas, 86 x 150 cm., 34" x 59"


the art of  Ron Gang  Kibbutz Urim, Israel

The Sabra Cactus Series

The  Sabra cactus is a fixture of the Israeli landscape.
The prickly pear's name, Sabra, designates  the
native-Israeli, prickly on the surface,
sweet on  the  inside.
 
 
  



Flying Sabra, 2005, oil on canvas, 58 x 78 cm., 23" x 31"


                                                               


The  prickly  pear  cactus  is  a  motif  which has  been  used  by  many  Israeli  artists.  The  late Israeli - Arab  painter  Asim Abu Shakra, a fellow art-student, painted a  series of sabras in  flower pots.  I wish  to dedicate these pages to  him .

The   word   "sabra"   actually   comes   from  the  Arabic  sabr meaning both "patience" and "cactus" (all varieties).  This is no accident, as the cactus has plenty of patience, and will bide its time in the dry seasons, patiently waiting for the rains, when it will then grow and flourish.
 
 
 
 
 

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Large Cactus no. 2, 1995, oil on canvas,  88 x 141 cm., 35" x 55"

                                                                                                                                                                                                

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Anthropomorphic Cactus, 1996, oil on canvas, 63 x 106 cm., 25" x 41"

                                                                                                                                                                                                

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Upright,  2005, oil on canvas,  82 X 51 cm., 32" x 20"

                                                                                                                                                                                                



 
 

 







Small Cactus no. 1, 1995
oil on canvas, 89 x 92 cm., 35" x 36"


                                                                                                                                                                                                







Yaffa, 2006, oil on canvas, approx. 87 x 140 cm., 34" x 56"

private collection







Consolation,  2005, oil on canvas, 65 x 76 cm.,  25" x 30"

                                                                                                                                                                                                


 



Bonfire,  2005, oil on canvas,  77 X 124 cm., 30" x 49"

                                                                                                                                                                                                




 
 
 


 

Dancing Cactus, 1996, oil on canvas, 70 x 95 cm., 28" x 38"

                                                                                                                                                                                                



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

Cactus Offerring, 1999, oil on canvas,
31" x 27", 80 x 68 cm.


                                                                                                                                                                                                


 
 



Bush, 1996, oil on canvas, 67 x 105 cm., 26" x 41"

                                                                                                                                                                                                


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Sabr, 1996, o/c, 105 x 67 cm., 41" x 26 "

                                                                                                                                                                                                



 


 
 
 
 


 

Criss-Cross Cactus, 1997, oil on canvas, 55 x 90 cm., 22" x 36"

                                                                                                                                                                                                




 



Come to the Fold, 2006, oil on canvas
96 x 68 cm., 38" x 27"

 
 

 






My Cup Runneth Over,  2005, oil on canvas, 70 X70 cm., 28" x 28"

                                                                                                                                                                                                








Upstage, 2006, oil on canvas,
121 x 77 cm., 48" x 30"










 

Sabra with Fruit, 1999, oil on canvas,
80 x 80 cm, 31" x 31"


                                                                                                                                  
 






Theatrics, 2007, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm., 31" x 31"





 
 
 
 
 
 


 

Sentinels, 1998, oil on canvas, 70 x 140 cm., 28" x 55"


                                                                                                                                  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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First Cactus, 1994, oil on canvas,
108 x 67 cm., 43" x 26"


                                                                                                                                  



 





 

 

Clover, 1998, oil on canvas, 88 x 63 cm., 35" x 25"


                                                                                                                                  












Dream Cactus, 1999, oil on canvas, approx  70 x 110 cm.


                                                                                                                                                                   



 







Stovepipes
, 2006, oil on canvas,
134 x 82 cm., 53" x  32"
                                                                                                                                  








Cactus on Deep Sky, 2005, oil on canvas, 49 x 79 cm., 29" x 31"


                                                                                                                                                                                          




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Small Cactus no.2, 1995, o/c, 81 x 84 cm., 32" x 33"

                                                                                                                                                                                          

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Large Cactus no. 4, 1998, oil on canvas, 88 x 141 cm., 35" x 55"

                                                                                                                                                                                           

 
 
 

 


 



 


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Large Cactus no. 3, 1996, oil on canvas, 88 x 141 cm., 35" x 55"

                                                                                                                                                                                           

 
 
 








Neighbours,
2005, oil on canvas, 78 X 58 cm., 31" x 23"


                                                                                                                             














  Rosy-Blue Cactus, 2005, oil on canvas, 76 X 65 cm., 30" x26"


                                                                                                                                          

 
 

 








 
Aviv Sabra,  2006, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm., 31" x  31"










Patriarchal, 2005-6, oil on canvas, 94.5 x 70 cm., 37" x 28"



                                                                     


                                                      



Bye-Bye Cactus

Bye-Bye Cactus, 1999-2009, 50 x 50 cm., 20" x 20"




Sabra Paintings in Private & Corporate Collections
 
 


Bhagavad, 1999, oil on canvas, 68 x 80 cm., 27" x 32"

corporate collection, USA



 
 
 


 

"Cherry", 1999, oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm., 20" x 20"
corporate collection, USA 
 
 


 
 
 

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Blazing Cactus, 1995, oil on canvas, 88 x 141 cm., 35" x 55"

private collection, Israel

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Sabra Gold, 1999-2003,
oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 20" x 20"
corporate collection, USA 





  Sabra and Sunflower, 1996, o/c, 103 x 67 cm., 41" x 26"





 

"Abe", 1999, oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm., 20" x 20"
corporate collection, USA 
 



 

Tango, 1999, oil on canvas, 67 x 105 cm., 26" x 41"
private collection, Canada





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Small Cactus no. 3, 1995,
oil on canvas, 82 x 79 cm., 32" x 32"
private collection - Canada

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Echos, 1996, oil on canvas, 55 x 90 cm., 22" x 36"

private collection, USA

                                                                                                                   



 


 

Nurit, 1996, oil on canvas, 72 x 117 cm., 28" x 117"
  corporate collection, USA













Pleasant Dreams, 2005, oil on canvas, 94 x 70 cm., 37" x 28

private collection, USA










The Orator, 1998-2003

oil on canvas, 89 x 92 cm., 35" x 36"


private collection, Arizona U S A








Yaffa, 2006, oil on canvas, approx. 87 x 140 cm., 34" x 56"

private collection





 
 


Tango, 2007, oil on canvas, 94 x 56 cm., 37" x  22"
private collection, USA








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