Gershon Iskowitz

works on papaer


Gershon Iskowitz (1921 - 1988) is a highly accomplished Canadian - Polish artist that started his carrer as a painter after surviving the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps during World War II. He had achieved international recognition as an abstract painter  and represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1972.

Watercoulour is Iskowitz's preferred medium; he uses it through out his carrer, translating on paper abstract layered landscapes of candid shapes and  vibrant colours materialized from distant memories and dreams.

 “As one looks at the series of watercolours dating from 1977 and 1978, one cannot help but feel their singular vivacity. They are imbued with a sense of primal life force, affirmation, endurance, even transcendence. Simply put, we are swept away.”(by critic James D. Campbell)