Ben-Zion consistently threaded certain subject matter --nature, still life, the human figure, the Hebrew Bible, and the Jewish people-- into his work throughout his life. His paintings, though ostensibly flat, have a sculptural feeling. His sculptures, conversely, suggest drawing with iron. His choice of simple subject matter indicates an affinity to Hassidism and perhaps Zen as well, where the Divine is revealed through everyday seemingly banal moments. Ben-Zion was closely connected to some of the intense dramas that unfolded during the 20th century, and much of his work bears a direct stamp from these events. But it also clearly speaks of the eternal connection between man and the Divine, and man and the earth.