Masonic Melody

Masonic Melody

MASONIC ART

Masonic Melody 

by Bro. Ari Roussimoff

This work was painted in 2006. In the year 2013, the Grand Lodge of New York sponsored a large exhibition of my paintings at Masonic Hall that consisted of both my Masonic and other subjects. This painting was among the featured artworks. At the time, many brothers asked me if it represented the Royal Order of Jesters. Although it does not, I welcome anyone to interpret it’s meanings in whichever way they perceive them. Symbolism is sometimes similar to beauty in that what one sees is usually in the eye of the beholder.

Painted Knights Templar Apron

 

 

MASONIC MELODY,
by Bro. Ari Roussimoff

 

 

Music is an essential element here. Freemasonry in my view is musical. It is akin to a vast symphonic composition with limitless numbers of beautiful musical notes. The Medieval Court Jester is a person with many sides to him, yet he is fully aware of his purposes in life. The figure of justice may be blind, but she is also voluptuous, as the truths she bears are meant to attract. On the top right is a symbolic Masonic Lodge. Being out in the open and under the big sky, this Lodge represents the universality of the Craft. There are many degrees and rites with people of all sizes and nations who have joined together. In this section I also rendered the likenesses of two famous historic brothers. The dwarf is Charles S. Stratton, protégée of P. T. Barnum and who is better known as the legendary General Tom Thumb. Beside him is the giant John Aasen who was with the Ringling Brothers Circus and appeared in many Hollywood films.

On the bottom left corner is Hiram Abiff with an Acacia twig above him. Among the various other symbolic elements, you also see three heads appearing on the Jester’s sleeve. These same three heads reappear inside the right eye socket of the skull, just as musical notes consistently reappear in one big musical composition.

Written by Bro. Ari Roussimoff
www.Roussimoff.com
Consolidated Lodge #31 F. & A.M.
Manhattan, New York

Bro Ari Roussimoff
Chamber of Reflection

Chamber of Reflection

MASONIC ART

Chamber of 

Reflection 

by Bro. Ari Roussimoff

Reflecting on one’s life and inner self is something any sane and moral human being should really be doing. What is a Chamber of Reflection anyway? In Masonry, this is a specific room set aside for meditation and deeply personal contemplation. Although no longer as prevalent within the Craft as it once was, the profound significance of that room is no less relevant today.

Painted Knights Templar Apron

 

CHAMBER OF REFLECTION,
by Bro. Ari Roussimoff

 

If one looks at the entire world as it is now and how it has been from the very beginning, one might consider themselves to be living right in the midst of a Chamber of Reflection of sorts.

This painting was completed in 2019. I based my vision on an earlier composition of mine involving the Knights Templar, which I first painted on an apron. My Chamber of Reflection painting has not yet been publicly displayed. I hope to eventually exhibit it in one of the Masonic museums or libraries.

Written by Bro. Ari Roussimoff
www.Roussimoff.com
Consolidated Lodge #31 F. & A.M.
Manhattan, New York

Bro Ari Roussimoff

Knights Templar Apron

Knights Templar Apron

MASONIC ART

Painted Knights
Templar Apron

by Bro. Ari Roussimoff

This Knights Templar apron was painted in 2012. It deals with the symbolic nature of the historic Templars as they exist as an inspiration within some areas of Freemasonry.
Painted Knights Templar Apron

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR PAINTED APRON,
by Bro. Ari Roussimoff

As I do in all my Masonic artworks, I interpret these profound themes in my own personal way. I should emphasize that in this piece, I am not depicting any literal connections between the historic Templars to Freemasonry, even though some people claim that there is some type of lineage there. My composition is based only on what Masonry wants to believe were the principles, ethics, and morals of the original Order of Knights Templar. All uplifting virtues to be sure. Subsequently, I repeated this theme as a work on canvas.

I am happy to say that today, my Templar apron is at home in a very fine Masonic collection in Spain.

Written by Bro. Ari Roussimoff
www.Roussimoff.com
Consolidated Lodge #31 F. & A.M.
Manhattan, New York

Bro Ari Roussimoff