Abigail Klein Leichman
November 19, 2023

“What Is More, Yellow or an Elephant?” – an exhibition created by Bezalel Academy of Art and Design lecturers Orit Bergman and Anat Warshavsky – and “Fetch” by Tel Aviv-based graphic designer and illustrator Stav Assis won top prizes in the 2023 World Illustration Awards competition of the Association of Illustrators.

More than 5,000 illustrators submitted their entries from 84 countries; only 20 were awarded prizes.

“What is More, Yellow or an Elephant?” was named overall professional winner and also took first place in the Site Specific category.

Assis’ logo series for a brand of matchbooks won an overall and category award in the Design Product & Packaging category for new talent.

Bergman and Warshavsky teach in the Visual Communication Department at the venerable Jerusalem institution. They created “What is More” on commission for the Hansen House cultural center’s gallery space last year. The colorful mural is currently on display at the capital’s Train Theater.

The artwork features fanciful yellow, red and black creatures from the pages of Bergman’s series of children’s books. The exhibition was accompanied by workshops for kids about nonsense stories and about how to make tails, heads, noses, ears and wings from a variety of surprising materials and assemble them into disposable creatures to take home.

“We share a common interest in playing with 2D and 3D illustration,” the artists explain. “In this work we created a two-headed yellow monster which leads a flock of 2D and 3D creatures in a happy rumpus around the gallery’s walls and ceiling.”

Whimsical creatures win top World Illustration Awards
Visitors to Hansen House Gallery admiring “What Is More, Yellow or an Elephant?” by Orit Bergman and Anat Warshavsky. Photo courtesy of Association of Illustrators

Assis, a graduate of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, used the shape of a dog’s body to create a series of logos for Fetch safety matches.

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