Ultra Blue Violet - A, 1979
oil on canvas, 51" × 45"
Lilac - I, 1979
oil on canvas, 38" × 33"
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.