Gershon Iskowitz Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(1921 - 1988)

Gershon Iskowitz was born in Kielce, Poland, in 1921. Although he demonstrated a keen interest in the visual arts at a very young age, he received no formal training during his youth. With the outbreak of World War II, his dreams of studying fine art at the Warsaw Academy were never realized. After surviving nearly six years of internment, during which he continued to sketch secretly, his youthful vision bears witness to the brutality of daily life in the concentration camps and the horrors of the Holocaust. It was not until after the war that he received his first formal art training at the Munich Academy in 1947.

In 1949, Iskowitz immigrated to Toronto. Over the next decade, his artistic vision would evolve from the depiction of bleak images of horrific wartime memories into a new and optimistic expression of his experience in the country. Gradually, the artist’s description of the painful events of his past was transformed into a dynamic representation of the present through landscape. Iskowitz’s unique and personal perception of the Canadian landscape found its expression in an exuberant and joyful use of colour and light.

Beginning in 1964, Iskowitz exhibited his work regularly at Toronto’s Gallery Moos. From 1967-70, he taught at the New School in Toronto, during which time his Spadina Avenue studio was a popular place to visit amongst young artists. The artist received national recognition in 1972, when he was one of two artists chosen to represent Canada at the XXXVI Venice Biennial. An Iskowitz retrospective was held in 1984 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which traveled throughout Canada, as well as to Canada House in London, England. Each year, the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation, established by the artist in 1985 in association with the Canada Council, awards the Gershon Iskowtiz Prize – one of the most important visual arts awards in Canada.

Consignments

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Historical Sale Highlights

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Scintilla 7/20
Rita Letendre
Silkscreen (28x38 in) 1972
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The Silence of the Spirits
Robert Genn
Acrylic (24x30 in) 2011
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Nokum’s Story of Long Ago
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (16x20 in) circa 1970
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Black Kittens
Maud Lewis
Oil on Panel (9x11.75 in) circa 1964
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The First Snowfall
William Kurelek
Mixed Media (13.75x13.25 in) 1971
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Twin Female Oxen
Maud Lewis
oil on panel (11x14 in) 1961
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Composition
Rita Letendre
Oil on Canvas (12x14 in) 1960
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Going to a Party
Allen Sapp
acrylic (24x36 in) 1972
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Boats on the Saguenay River
Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith
oil (15x25 in) 1890
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Water Lilies 128/250
Walter Joseph Phillips
Woodblock (4.5x6.5 in) 1927
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