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68 Art features a collection of original artworks, created by artist, Rami Dalal, and presented by 68 Holdings.

 

Here, you can learn about the artist, view select showcase works, shop for available works of art to own,

or commission a custom piece. 

 

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Introducing Rami Dalal: A Maestro of Timeless Artistry

 

Welcome to the world of 68 Art and Rami Dalal, where art transcends generations and craftsmanship meets tradition. Rami is not just an accomplished artist; he is a torchbearer of a rich lineage of classically trained artists, weaving a legacy that stretches through time.

 

In the realm of artistry, Rami's chosen medium is nothing short of poetic – oil paints on Gessobord. This meticulous choice reflects not only his commitment to detail and clarity but also a deep understanding of the longevity that art should possess. Each stroke on Gessobord is a testament to patience, skill, and an unwavering dedication to the craft.

 

Unlike the contemporary wave of digital art, Rami stands proudly against the tide. His works are not born from artificial intelligence or printed canvases; they emerge from the soulful dance of brush and paint on canvas. When you commission a piece from Rami Dalal, you embark on a journey into the heart of true artistry.

 

A Rami Dalal masterpiece is not hastily crafted; it is a labor of love that can take up to three months to complete. This extended period is not just about artistic perfection but also a nod to the practical nature of oil paints, allowing for the essential drying time that ensures the painting's lasting beauty.

 

What sets Rami apart is not just the technique or the medium; it's the essence of his interpretation. Each work of art is a unique creation, a symphony of colors and emotions that reflects the artist's soul. When you invest in a custom hand-painted portrait or any creation by Rami Dalal, you're not just acquiring art – you're acquiring a masterpiece that echoes the spirit of the Masters.

 

Rami Dalal's creations are not mere paintings; they are heirlooms waiting to be passed down through generations. In a world flooded with mass-produced art, Rami's commitment to the authentic, the handcrafted, and the timeless stands as a beacon of artistic integrity.

Explore the gallery, witness the strokes of genius, and embark on a journey with Rami Dalal – where tradition meets innovation, and every creation tells a story that transcends time.

About Me
See What I've Done

Here is a sampling of what I've done

Salvator Mundi

Salvator Mundi

(Oil on Gessobord, 2020) Based on the original Salvator Mundi painting by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci dated to c. 1500. Long thought to be a copy of a lost original veiled with overpainting, it was rediscovered and restored, though no one knows exactly where it is now.

A Mother's Love

A Mother's Love

(Oil on Gessobord, 2023)

Windows to the Soul

Windows to the Soul

(Oil on Gessobord, 2023) "The eyes are the windows to the soul" has been attributed to William Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, the philosopher Cicero and even the bible. Look into the eyes, and you'll see the soul.

100 Years

100 Years

(Oil on Gessobord, 2022) Another portrait of my mom, looking out of the door at home. The title is from the Five For Fighting song, "100 Years"... when you've only got 100 years to live.

Portrait of Helen Dalal

Portrait of Helen Dalal

(Oil on Gessobord, 2019) A portrait of my mom, Helen Dalal. I based it on a photograph taken in Rome several years ago.

Portrait of Shukri Dalal

Portrait of Shukri Dalal

(Oil on canvas, 2012) A portrait of my dad, Shukri Elias Saleh Dalal. I based it on a photograph taken before his passing in 1992.

Christ of St John of the Cross

Christ of St John of the Cross

(Oil and Acrylic on canvas, 1998) My favorite of my paintings. Based on a Salvadore Dali painting, this was finished on Good Friday, 1998. Words cannot describe the emotion seeing this painting in-person brings up. Everyone who sees this painting, stops and stares in silence.

(Oil on Gessobord, 2022) The frame is made from cherry wood with cutouts of the Jerusalem Cross, as a nod to the more traditional Arabic Mashrabiya window screens. The intent was to showcase the various iconic scenes of the Holy Land, bucolic and realistic, as if you are peering out through the window.

Banana Leaf Mural

Banana Leaf Mural

(Acrylic and Latex on drywall, 2023) Inspired by the wallpaper at the "Beverly Hills Hotel" and "The Colony" hotel, and a little bit by Blanche's bedroom on "The Golden Girls". Notice the monkey with the martini (see inset).

Portrait of Garland and Lois Keel

Portrait of Garland and Lois Keel

(Oil on Gessobord, 2019) A portrait of Brian's grandparents, Lois and Garland Keel. I based it on a photograph taken taken several years ago.

Aspects of Gala's Christ

Aspects of Gala's Christ

(Oil and Acrylic on canvas, 1999) A surrealistic yet fantastic image, based on Salvadore Dali's piece, Gala's Christ. My interpretation focuses on the floating crucifix. It is both uplifting and sorrowful.

Two Women at a Window

Two Women at a Window

(Oil on canvas, 2003) I've always loved this painting. It is based on the famous piece that was originally done by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Spanish, 1617-1682) circa 1655/1660. The original was at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, where I so often admired it. My interpretation of the women in this painting (here) is slightly more pensive. You can't help but smile when you see the ladies looking at you with a complex smile.

Gertie Riding Petunia

Gertie Riding Petunia

(Painted Polymer Clay, 2020) You've all met "Gertie the Goat" in my previous series of paintings. Now, she's up to no good again -- riding my favorite real-life donkey that I named "Petunia" -- yes, he's a boy donkey.

Gertie the Goat Portrait

Gertie the Goat Portrait

(Oil on canvas, 2014) Part of a series. This is #1 in the series. What can one say about "Gertie"? She's adorable. Gertie the Goat was inspired by the Victorian portraits of stuffy old ladies in the museums. When I look at them, I admire the artwork, but am curious about why these "ladies" have portraits painted of them. Why is a cute goat not the subject of a formal portrait? So, I went and painted a portrait of a goat and named her Gertie. Her smile is a bit Mona-Lisa-ish. No?

Queen Gertie

Queen Gertie

(Oil on Gessobord, 2019) "Queen Gertie" is part of a series. This is #2 in the series. Queen Gertie is happy and proud to be crowned by daisies. She's always a conversation starter.

Grazing Gertie

Grazing Gertie

(Oil on Gessobord, 2019) "Grazing Gertie" is part of a series. This is #3 in the series. Queen Gertie was happy and proud to be crowned by daisies. Now, Grazing Gertie is enjoying the daisies while giving us a little wink.

Torso

Torso

(Acrylic on canvas, 2010) After a workout, you look in the mirror at the results, and with the backlit room, this is the near silhouette you see. I did this in a metallic paint that gives you even more play in the light. It's simple, but sexy. No frame for the simplicity.

Desert Palms

Desert Palms

(Acrylic on canvas, 2019) While on a recent trip to Phoenix, Arizona, I stayed at a beautiful resort called The Royal Palms Resort & Spa. In their gardens, this line of perfectly formed palm trees caught my eye. The only angle from which to see them, was clearly from below, looking up. The symmetry of the trees, combined with the natural desert light against the blue sky and wispy clouds made the image almost surreal. Nature has a beauty that can sometimes look made-up.

Desert Sunset

Desert Sunset

(Acrylic on canvas, 2019) I decided to try and let my obsession with detail go and try and abstract painting. It was ok, so I painted over it. It's based on a scene I saw on a recent trip to Phoenix.

Phantom Tree

Phantom Tree

(Oil on canvas, 1988) One of my personal favorites--this scene is based on a tree that stood near my house for so long.

The Nile

The Nile

(Oil on canvas, 1987) This painting is of the Nile River Valley at sunset. This painting has a hazy and lazy feel to it. Certainly worth a trip to see the real Nile River Valley.

Terebinth Tree in the Sinai

Terebinth Tree in the Sinai

(Oil on canvas, 2000) This vivid painting is of the Terebinth Tree in the Sinai Desert, on the road to Damascus.

Banana Palm

Banana Palm

(Acrylic on canvas, 2003 -- overpaint) I couldn't find this painting anywhere to buy. It would have been the first painting I ever bought for 'decor'. So, I painted it. It is inspired by the Banana Leaf print that the Beverly Hills Hotel is known for, and I thought it would be perfect for the Cabana Guest Room in my Florida house. For a while, Blanche's bedroom on the "Golden Girls" TV serieshad these banana leaves behind her bed.

Sugar Ray

Sugar Ray

(Oil on canvas, 2001) This is my first real attempt at a portrait. It's of no one in particular -- but it was based on the unique face of then pop star, Mark McGrath.

Madonna and Child Ikon

Madonna and Child Ikon

(Acrylic on plaster, c1955-2018) Plaster created by my grandfather, Akel Assaf in Jerusalem, and I just painted it in 2018 in the style of an ancient Orthodox ikon.

Forsaken

Forsaken

(Oil on canvas, 2002) This painting is titled "Forsaken". I attempted to capture the agony of feeling forsaken.

Christ in Majesty

Christ in Majesty

(Oil on canvas, 1991) Inspired by a mosaic titled "Christ in Majesty" at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, this painting means a great deal to me.

800-MUSIC NOW

800-MUSIC NOW

(Acrylic on canvas, 1996) A memorial to the product I worked on from idea to end, this montage of 1-800 MUSIC NOW images is a reminder to me of a tremendous product, just a bit ahead of its time. This brings back great memories.

Fish: Corporate America

Fish: Corporate America

(Acrylic on paperboard, 1985) This painting symbolizes the atmosphere of corporate mergers in the 80's where the "little fish" were consuming the "big fish". A lot of people think this is a billiard table when they first see it.

City Time

City Time

(Wood, Styrofoam, Plastics, etc., 1992) One summer evening in Boca Raton, FL, I visited a neighborhood art gallery where I saw a clock that stood about 5 feet tall, with miniature people figures all over it--I fell in love with it. I decided that I could go home and make one like it myself. Two weeks later, I had finished making my own. The scene on the top is of scores of city people running around in a crazed state. Crime is depicted throughout. The irony is that a statue of Superman stands in white marble on one side, unable to help.

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Our process and what to expect

How does Rami paint?

Rami prefers to paint on Museum Series Gessobord which is a semi-smooth, semi-absorbent surface excellent for oil painting. Gessobord is made from a premium warp-resistant 1/8" profile FSC-certified Hardbord™ that is protected with a proprietary Archiva-Seal™ and coated with professional-grade acrylic gesso.

 

Rami also uses professional grade oil paints.

His works are not born from artificial intelligence or printed canvases; they emerge from the soulful dance of brush and paint on canvas. When you commission a piece from Rami Dalal, you embark on a journey into the heart of true artistry.

 

A Rami Dalal masterpiece is not hastily crafted; it is a labor of love that can take up to three months to complete. This extended period is not just about artistic perfection but also a nod to the practical nature of oil paints, allowing for the essential drying time that ensures the painting's lasting beauty.

Process

If you would like to commission a custom portrait or painting of any type, kindly submit a request below. 

Rami prefers to work from a clear photograph on which he can base his original painting. If you're not local to Memphis, he will ask you to email or digitally share the image on which you would like to have your painting based.

After you approve the sketch, depending on the size of your painting, Rami usually takes 2-3 months to finish the painting. 

 

What to expect

Please note that payment is due upon ordering. The price of your original oil painting will be determined based on the cost of materials, plus time. 

Oil paintings can be dry to the touch within 1-2 weeks of painting, but will not be completely dry for up to one year. Your finished painting can be shipped within a month of completion for that reason. Rami recommends a spray varnish be applied 6-12 months after that to preserve the integrity and vibrancy of the painting .  He will provide instructions. 

Custom framing can be designed and ordered by Rami for an additional cost. 

Our process and what to expect

Tell me what you want. I'm happy to take custom commissions.

Do you have something in mind that you'd like for me to paint? Do you have a question about my process, timeline, costs, etc? Simply click here and fill out the form to start a conversation. 

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