Who is Gershon Iskowitz?

By Gwylym Owen

Gershon Iskowitz (November 21, 1921 – January 26, 1988) was a Canadian artist of Jewish background originally from Poland. Iskowitz was a Holocaust survivor of the Kielce Ghetto, who was liberated at Buchenwald. The circumstances of his in front life—the trauma of the Holocaust and the uncertainty of the hasty postwar period, followed by immigration and adjustment to Canada—provide a lens through which to comprehend and appreciate his work. His early figurative images represent his tragic observed and remembered experiences even though his later shimmering abstract works represent his own unique vision of the world. Iskowitz’s put-on does not easily fit into contemporary schools and movements, but it has been characterized as hard-edge, minimalist, abstract expressionist, and take steps painting.

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