Artist’s declaration:

The viewer’s involvement is very important for me. I’d like the viewer to look, to touch, to feel and experience.

We live in a new world where the media dictates our taste;

In a world that shrugs off whatever’s old, while idolizing the new;

In a world where the term ‘masterpiece’ is no longer clear, and there is no defined cultural canon.

In this world of baffling and enigmatic exhibits -
I invite my viewers to draw near, to touch and turn items around. Please defy the
“Do Not Touch” line, and touch the objects, do touch them!


Whether in his private atelier, in a gallery or museum, Gottlieb wishes his viewers to trust his sculptures by tangibly feeling them, and only then to receive an answer or to raise a question.

Gottlieb begins the creation of trust within the viewers in the actual process of creating the work of art, a process that is inherent to comprehension of the sculpture. In 2009, Gottlieb took first place in the Iron Forging World Championship Biennale in Stia, Italy - with his sculpture “Trust”, which he sculpted live in front of viewers and television cameras.


Working with steel

The comparison between Gottlieb, the artist, and the material in his hands is immediate.
Gottlieb evokes the image of the rough and tough Israeli ‘tsabar’, like the iron - a man of earth and solid base, an artist who works with his hands. His world view is that nothing is too difficult - anything can be softened, forged. Gottlieb describes the sound of the hammer hitting the anvil as diving into silence. At 1200 degrees, the eternal material is made to soften and acquiesce to his ideas. Inspired in technique and design approach by master forgers Uri Hofi of Israel and Claudio Bottero of Italy, Gottlieb has been teaching and demonstrating in his atelier in Israel, as well as Europe, the USA and Canada, since 2004.


The central theme of my work is relationships

Gottlieb creates by observation and love of movement, of the body, relationships and emotions. He follows the movement and flow around him, imbuing the iron with his personal handprint. During the dialectic process of looking inward and out, he renders presence to life experiences, granting us - the viewers - a window into his inner world, his private island.

It’s all about gentle balance

Gottlieb’s works of art are ever esthetic, balanced, kinetic yet stable, positive images, almost naïve in balance and harmony. A couple holds on to each other in wondrous acrobalance; a woman’s body stretches nearly beyond limits; body and soul are mutually contained and held. However, there is tension between the seemingly esthetic, polished and balanced exterior, and the considerably greater chaos of the narrative. This is evident on the material level where gentle emotions and relations, feminine body outlines are forged of rigid raw material. On the conceptual level, Gottlieb attempts to show the fragility of holding, the so very gentle balance of mutuality where a tiny change in stability can collapse it all. Beneath the esthetics and beauty, the viewer may identify with controversial issues of couple relations, gender, parenthood and femininity that are prominent in most of the works.