Description 'Close Every Door' is a song from the musical 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice. In the musical, Joseph is jailed unjustly for a crime he did not commit, however, the song contains references to the Jewish Holocaust of World War II. Lyrics such as 'Just give me a number/Instead of my name ... Destroy me completely/Then throw me away' depict the well-documented Nazi practices of tattooing numbers on imprisoned Jews and working them to death or gassing them in concentration camps, then burning the bodies or burying them in mass graves. The lyrics have even been incorporated into the Seder services by several Jewish congregations throughout the world. This Spadecaller image is featured in his music video about the children of the holocaust and it was created as a memorial to those who perished and to those who survive.
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his convictions and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Spadecaller showcase his digital paintings, poetry, and other mixed media images by creating videos; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.