10th Man

Jean-Pierre Weill

34 x 45 inches
Mixed media 3D painting on glass

Nine men have gathered to form a minyan, and they wait for a tenth to complete the quorum. A special power is attributed to the community of ten which creates a Place where God’s Presence (Shechina) can rest. The simple choice to show up brings a Presence that does not exist in the world of individual prayer. This painting utilizes all the advantages of painting on multiple levels of glass to create depth, a sense of grandeur and spaciousness, light and shadow. In a unique additional touch, the one enjoying the artwork may notice his reflection on the front pane of glass and, in that moment, becomes the one to complete the minyan.