1921 - 1988
oil on canvas
on verso signed, titled, dated 1981 and stamped with the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation Inventory stamp #B125
52 x 42 in, 132.1 x 106.7 cm
Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000 CAD
Sold for: $11,875
Estate of the Artist
Gershon Iskowitz Foundation, Toronto
Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007, page 244
Gershon Iskowitz overcame overwhelming hardship in his life. Born in Poland, he was sent to the Nazi labour and concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II. He immigrated to Canada in September 1948, establishing a studio in Toronto, and was represented by dealer Dorothy Cameron from 1960 to 1963, followed by Gallery Moos. He began as a figurative painter, but as his practice evolved, all obvious vestiges of both his painful past and landscape and figurative subjects disappeared into gorgeous abstract curtains of dappled light and colour. Roald Nasgaard wrote that in 1972, “the terms of his future paintings were established, the mottled colours and the vibrating space in moods usually joyous and celebratory. In the 1980s, Iskowitz upped the ante by electrifying his colours, intensifying their contrasts and hardening the contours of his forms,” as exemplified in Spring Greens—A.
Proceeds from this sale will benefit the charitable not-for-profit Gershon Iskowitz Foundation, which awards an annual prize, currently at $50,000, to a professional Canadian visual artist for their ongoing research and artistic production. Since 2006, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario, each prizewinner has presented a solo exhibition at the AGO (see www.iskowitzfoundation.ca for more information).
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