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Gershon Iskowitz:
Selected Paintings 1976-1984

Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art
Calgary AB – Apr 8-May 6, 2006

Gershon Iskowitz - Northern Lights #4
Gershon Iskowitz, Northern Lights #4 (1984), oil on canvas [Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary AB, Apr 8-May 6]

Gershon Iskowitz (1921–1988) is considered to be one of Canada's most important expressionist painters, and one of the founders and key contributors to international modernism. He began his painting career in Canada in 1949 after surviving four years internment at Auschwitz and Buchenwald during WWII. Iskowitz studied with Oskar Kokoschka at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and later was a pivotal figure in the Toronto art community.

His first paintings in Canada were dark and serious images of the war. He gradually began painting simple landscapes and loose impressions of the countryside filled with light and brilliant colour. After a helicopter ride over Churchill, Manitoba in 1967 he started to create abstracted aerial views of the landscape. In his later years his colour became even more luminous as he combined texture and transparency in layer after layer of irregular forms.

The work of Gershon Iskowitz first came to public attention in Canada through a 1957 group exhibition at Hayter Gallery, Toronto, followed by a solo exhibition at the prestigious Here and Now Gallery (1960-61). His paintings were featured in numerous landmark exhibitions, and he was one of the artists to represent Canada of the 1972 Venice Biennale. From 1964 through the 1980s, he exhibited perennially with Gallery Moos. A major 1982 retrospective curated by the Art Gallery of Ontario circulated to five major Canadian art centers and to Canada House Gallery in London, England.

Gershon Iskowitz - Painting G
Gershon Iskowitz, Painting G (1983), oil on canvas [Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary AB, Apr 8-May 6]

Iskowitz once said, “We were born for the future, not for today.” He leaves behind a strong legacy of paintings and an inspirational model for other artists. 

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Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore - Untitled [Cahun and mirror image

Gershon Iskowitz, Mauve A (1979), oil on canvas [Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary AB, Apr 8-May 6]



Gershon Iskowitz, Spring Yellows B (1982), oil on canvas [Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary AB, Apr 8-May 6]


Gershon Iskowitz - Spring Yellows B

Gershon Iskowitz - Painting C

Gershon Iskowitz, Painting C (1982), oil on canvas [Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary AB, Apr 8-May 6]



Gershon Iskowitz, Painting K (1983), oil on canvas [Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary AB, Apr 8-May 6]


Gershon Iskowitz - Painting K

 Wed, Apr 5, 2006