Gershon Iskowitz (1921-1988)

Ultra Blue Violetsold
Ultra Blue Violet - A, 1979
oil on canvas, 51" × 45"
Lilac - Isold
Lilac - I, 1979
oil on canvas, 38" × 33"
July #1sold
July #1, 1976
oil on canvas, 49" × 43"


Gershon Iskowitz (1921-1988) – Artist Biography

Gershon Iskowitz was born in Kielce, Poland, on November 21, 1921. He began as an expressionist painter who dealt with figurative subjects and later painted the Canadian landscape in an abstract expressionist style.

In 1952 he attended Artist's Workshop, Toronto (until 1959-60) and began sketching trips to Markham and Uxbridge.

He stopped painting scenes from his past in the mid 50's and turned to the Canadian landscape for his models. A major change in his painting style occurred in 1967 when a Canada Council grant permitted him to view the northern landscape from a helicopter. His painting became explosions of colour and light.

In 1954 he had his first exhibition with the Canadian Society of Graphic Artists. He also did some part-time teaching at McKellar Lake.

In 1982 Iskowitz was honoured by the AGO with a forty year retrospective of his work.

In gratitude for the value that artistic grants had given to his career he established the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation in 1985.

On January 26th, 1988 Gershon Iskowitz died in Toronto, Ontario.

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.