Shimon Drory

Shimon Drory

Yavneel, Northern District, Israel

About Shimon Drory

The main theme in my artwork is the human image. Part of the figures are abstract, made of Carrara marble and Marmara marble. Those material are my favorite as i learned to like them while working in workshops in Carrara, Italy. Another part is formed of metal, clay & concrete. In my work i strive to express the woman's beauty, tenderness & gentleness, much more than the man's strength. While visiting Florence, Venice, Athena, Paris, Luxembourg, i realized that placing human shaped sculptures in empty spaces in nature or in the town square, enables each person there & than to have an emotional experience.

He developed working skill with blocks of Rocks, forming a human figure that emerge out of the stone, revealing the sculpture that was hidden wrapped inside. A rock that is holding within it variety of forms and processes as they are kept frozen out of feeling deep love to life and to the forms in nature. My belief is full with hope and the yearn for creativity has no limits.

Achieving perfection will be accomplished through hard work, caused by the constant need to know and understand all the possibilities and limits of the material and the plasticity laws. As a sculptor i situated always with the dilemma between the expressive form and the plastic form. Supreme solution comes into reality in the human body. The Ancient Greek nature influenced me, and so i studied soon the limits of the material and the plasticity laws in order to reach perfection in forming the human figure. Knowing all the possibilities which are hidden in nude and having the right concept of the human body and forming them in nature is the a real ambition to reach an equality of the human image in the abstract & naturalistic sculpturing. Interpretation of feeling, i marks the image lines of the human body with a wave of rhythmic movement of arching & concurs that express the position that created them.

During the blockade period of the old city of Jerusalem, i obtained from my father the spiritual & material values while i was dealing with metals, precious stones and creative craft. There began my acquaintance ofI was born in 1935 in the old city of Jerusalem. In the Independent war I participated the youth-brigade of the "HAGANA", in the blockaded city.

I was recruited to the I.D.F. and served with the Marines, upon the "Miznak" destroyer. In Sinai war I was recruited again and finished my army service as A.B.C. officer. Being released from the army i worked as a senior sailor with the commercial fleet. The first few steps in my art was while forming the "Gate of images" in my home and teaching Art.

In 1972 i earned my BA in Art & Education and MA degree in Educational administration & supervision in Haifa University. I was qualified as community worker of the social school in Jerusalem University and appointed as a consul in Haifa University. As a graduate of teachers seminar "Oranim" was teaching art sculpturing & painting. My art mentors were sculptors Michael Gross , Daniel Kafri and of the painters: Sima Slonim, and Arie Navon of Ein-Hod.

In 1985 i worked in sculpture workshops, in Carrera, Italy, specializing in several kinds of marbles in "CENTRO STUDIO DEL MARMO CARRERA". I also was taught arts in the Particular Education Schools. I studied wood & metal sculpturing in Ramat Hadassah & Oranim. In the last few years I was helping in Tiberius to rehabilitate families who lost their sons in the army. I was active in "Hanoar Vehachlutz" movement, went to the U.S. to reinforce the relations with the Jewish community and the Zionist Youth in the U.S. I worked in summer camps in "Rama" N.Y. were I was the head dept of sculpturing and the art of wood caring. In Qiryat . Tivon I was a member of the local Authority and a member of the social welfare committee. For 15 years i volunteered with Road Police the "Hytam" in Q. Tivon & Tiberius. Today, while retired i'm sculpturing in materials such as - Marble-Carrera, Basalt-stone, Metal, Wood, Ceramic & Glass in my studio in Yavne'el.


- MA in social work, Hebrew university of Jerusalem, 1983
- BA of Arts, Haifa University, 1973


1967 "Narkis" center single Q.Tivon, Isreal
1968 Hamelin House, Hapoel group Tel-Aviv, Israel
1970 Lesin House group Tel-Aviv, Israel
1970 HaHistadrut House single Q. Tivon, Israel
1970 "Rama" camp. N.Y. group NewYork, USA
1975 Comm. Center Hadagnyot single Q. Tivon, Israel
1980 Haifa University single Haifa, Israel
1980 Bismut House single Q. Tivon, Israel
1980 Comm. Club artists Q. Tivon, Israel
1983 Farmers House single K. Tabor, Israel
1984 Berkovitz single NIllit, Israel
1985 Yad labanim single K. Tivon, Israel
1985 City Hall artists Jerusalem, Israel
1993 Technical school N. David single Haifa, Israel
1993 Laborer council single Tiberias, Israel
1993 Beytenu center single Yavne`el, Israel
1994 Culture Hall single Yavne`el, Israel
1995 Kaduri center single Kineret, Israel
2003 Ako Auditorium group Ako, Israel
2003 Kastra Center group Haifa, Israel
2004 Maalot symposium group Maalot, Israel
2005 "Chiaro e scuro" group Pennsylvania, USA
2009 Bet Gabriel single Kineret, USA