Rabbi Painting by Artist David Pelbam
Two weeks ago I happened upon the painting shown above at my local thrift shop. When I first saw it I chuckled because the town where I live is not overly Jewish and as a matter of fact there are two prominent churches quit near each other in the town center. I put it aside and did not think twice, but when I paid a visit to the thrift shop yesterday the painting had been shoved into A dark corner and had been reduced from $20.00 to $10.00 and so I purchased it. I originally bought it for the frame but after a bit of research I found that I had an authentic work of art done by a local Rhode Island painter by the name of David Pelbam sometime between 1950-1960.
There is not much information available about this artist but apparently he was born in 1932 and was best known for painting portraits of dock workers, ship captains and rabbis, go figure.
If anyone knows anything about the artist or the rabbi featured above I would love to know more. For the time being he is hanging in my living room.
Tchochkes road show: Who is David Pelbam?