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Designer Name: Yehoshua Kovarsky
Born-Died: 1907 – 1967
Style: Throughout Yehoshua Kovarsky's fine art career, he concentrated in areas such as heavy texturing, easel painting, and abstract expressionism.
Materials Used: Over the course of Yehoshua Kovarsky's short career, he worked with a spectrum of media and materials including crayon, oil paints, casein and canvases.
Specialized In: Fine Art
Kovarsky was born in Vilna, Lithuania to a conservative Jewish family. His family was in the business of painting and were often tasked to find artists to design and paint murals. Being artistic seemed to run in his family and he had his eyes set on being a painter since his early youth. Thanks to his family's support of his talent, his dreams would become a reality.
Yehoshua Kovarsky chose to study at an Art Academy that was managed by painter Sledzinski in Vilna. He proceeded to further his studies in Paris and was a student of Paul Colin and Andre Lot. As he was not able to earn a living in Paris, he had to return to Israel in 1936. He eventually took his residence in Tel Aviv and worked in the decoration niche.
Kovarsky's first individual exhibition was held in Katz Gallery in Israel. His subject matter was largely about Israeli life and presented in a stylistically expressive manner. It did not take long for Kovarsky to show at several exhibitions in the United States. During this period, the artist also developed a unique process of painting fabrics. For example, he would express his feelings in the form of symbols and considered this to be an internal and emotional awakening that emerged in him as he painted the fabric.
Raised in Lithuania, Kovarsky was educated in Paris and Palestine. The product of a religious family, he later moved to Safad, the ancient cradle of Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah, before settling in New York City in 1951. He entered the American post-war scene, where he was generally understood as an Israeli artist and included in the Boston Institute for Contemporary Art’s ‘Seven Painters of Israel’, which was billed as “the first full-scale manifestation of contemporary Israeli painting.” Shortly after a warm reception at the Boston Institute for Contemporary Art, Kovarsky was honored with a solo exhibit at the Jewish Museum. In his day, the renowned Poindexter Gallery in Manhattan represented him. This modernist figure study, produced circa 1950s, depicts a portrait of a long necked figure, rendered in the abstract Expressionist style. Markings include the artist's signature [Y. Kovarsky] to the bottom right corner of the canvas. The painting is in overall very good condition, consistent with age; giltwood frame comes included, some minor wear to corners.
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