Hello does anyone know of anyone I could contact or where I could look with regard to an explanation of the painting on the front of the Aryeh Kaplan Reader by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan himself?
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan was among many things a painter. He mentioned this in his book Jewish Meditation (p. 29):
I also remember a period during which I was painting. I had just learned how to use acrylics and had found that I could produce a fairly decent piece of work. Whenever I got involved in a painting, it seemed that I was also "locked on" to the project; I would find it extremely difficult to leave it. Again, I was able to create paintings that we surprising even to me. It appeared that when I was creating, I as going into a higher state of consciousness. Subjectively, I did not simply feel a sense of great awareness or alertness; rather I felt as if I were thinking in an entirely different mode.
This article mentions:
His dining room was adorned with a series of bizarre oil paintings. At some point, with no training as an artist, Kaplan decided to refrain from study for a year and devote himself to painting. After the year he stopped and never painted again. Those paintings were the product of his experiment.
Not only was he a genius, posits Rabbi Mendelson, he was multitalented and multi-faceted. He was an expert artist who painted his own original masterpieces, and retouched the ancient paintings displayed on the jacket-covers of “The Torah Anthology.” He was an expert ceramist, carpenter and stone-designer, and he was an expert biologist and botanist.
At the thirtieth anniversary of his passing, his son started a Facebook page in order to raise money and the like to fund a Sefer Torah in his memory.
On that Facebook page he also posted different pictures and paintings from his father. Here is the post of the [seemingly] original copy of that painting.
(It’s no longer an active Facebook page, as far as I can tell)