Yehudit Shadur (1928-2011)

Jerusalem artist Yehudit Shadur grew up in Wisconsin and immigrated to Israel in 1950. She has been widely recognized as the foremost exponent in reviving the centuries-old, almost forgotten, Jewish folk art form of papercutting.  Her vigorous compositions draw upon traditional Jewish themes and symbols, including passages from the Psalms and prophetic books of the Bible. Her work is a synthesis of venerable religious forms and contemporary perceptions rendered in a universally appealing
artistic language.

Besides her work based on traditional Jewish folk art, Yehudit has exhibited landscape drawings and has worked in various print-making techniques and mural compositions.

Yehudit's work has been exhibited widely and is represented in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, US Library of Congress, Israel Museum, Museum der Kulturen, Basel, and in other important institutional and private collections.

Publications: (jointly with her husband, Joseph Shadur)

  • Jewish Papercut. A History and Guide, Berkeley: Magnus Museum, 1994 (The book won the Jewish National Book Council award for 1994).
  • Jerusalem from Generation to Generation. Papercuts by Yehudit Shadur, Eretz-Israel Museum exhibition catalog, Tel Aviv, 1995.
  • Traditional Jewish Papercuts: An Inner World of Art and Symbol, Hanover NH & London: University Press of New England, 2002.

To see more of Yehudit's work please click HERE to visit her portfolio.