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Michael Iskowitz
updated: 07/30/2009
website: www.michaeliskowitz.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Game Over
Piano Man
Alligator Attack
We Surrender
Jack in the Box Happens
Third Date
War is a force that gives their life meaning
Ballerina, Piano Man and Vacuum Cleaner
Mission Accomplished
They are going to take him away to war
Thrown Rider
Flatterned by laughterror
They're Gone
And Now Dessert
Trust Betrayed
 
Portfolio Keywords:  childhood, narrative, psychological, portraiture, memory, surreal, humor, fantasy, figurative, autobiographical
 
 
Game Over by Michael Iskowitz
Game Over
oil on canvas board
2008
16" x  20" 
Piano Man by Michael Iskowitz
Piano Man
oil on canvas board
2009
9 " x  12 " 
Alligator Attack by Michael Iskowitz
Alligator Attack
oil on canvas board
2009
9" x  12" 
We Surrender by Michael Iskowitz
We Surrender
oil on canvas board
2009
9" x  12" 
Jack in the Box Happens by Michael Iskowitz
Jack in the Box Happens
oil on canvas board
2009
9" x  12" 
Third Date by Michael Iskowitz
Third Date
oil on canvas board
2009
9" x  12" 
War is a force that gives their life meaning by Michael Iskowitz
War is a force that gives their life meaning
oil on canvas board
2009
9" x  12" 
Ballerina, Piano Man and Vacuum Cleaner by Michael Iskowitz
Ballerina, Piano Man and Vacuum Cleaner
oil on canvas board
2009
9" x  12" 
Mission Accomplished by Michael Iskowitz
Mission Accomplished
oil pastel on paper
2008
9" x  12" 
They are going to take him away to war by Michael Iskowitz
They are going to take him away to war
oil on canvas board
2009
9" x  12" 
Thrown Rider by Michael Iskowitz
Thrown Rider
Charcoal on paper
2008
18" x  24" 
Flatterned by laughterror by Michael Iskowitz
Flatterned by laughterror
Charcoal on paper
2008
18" x  24" 
They're Gone by Michael Iskowitz
They're Gone
Charcoal on paper
2008
18" x  24" 
And Now Dessert by Michael Iskowitz
And Now Dessert
Charcoal on paper
2008
18" x  24" 
Trust Betrayed by Michael Iskowitz
Trust Betrayed
Charcoal on paper
2008
18" x  24" 

Artist Statement

I have always drawn and painted directly from life...that is direct observation.  All the paintings and drawings were made in that way...putting a light on my subjects and then drawing or painting them just as they are before me.
 
During my freshman year at Cooper Union I took, from their prop closet, some radically simplified Fisher Price toy figures, which were just a sphere for a head and a cone like shape for the body.  Cartoon features were painted on the faces.  I made some paintings of these simple forms.
 
But, it was only a few years ago that I discovered my mother’s doll house and the secret life there, that went unnoticed for so many years.  It started with a single drawing and little by little, the more I drew, a narrative of ambiguous psychological force evolved: bitter sweet, light dark, comic tragic, asexual - sexual.
 
A Doll House Society is a humorous yet darkly strange world to me.  The dolls from which I work have a biography of a few moments duration, long enough for me to draw or paint them.  They represent the human experiences that I project onto them.  Not having models, using dolls became an idle exercise in drawing simple forms.  I soon found myself drawn into contriving situations and scenarios that reflect a range of human experiences, from childhood to adulthood.  I paint and draw scenes that are ordinary, sweet, prosaic, desperate, comic and at times suggest a darkly hidden meaning.
 

Artist Bio / CV

Michael Iskowitz


Born New York 1970
Lives and works in New York


Education


Cooper Union School of Art, 1995
Robert Glaisek, Nyack, NY
Old Church Cultural Center, Demarest, NJ
Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY


Exhibitions


Esopus Space, Self Portraits 1989-2009, NYC, 2009
Suffern Free Library, Suffern, NY, 2008
Hopper House, 15th Annual Juried, Small Matters of Great Importance, Nyack, NY, 2008
Rockland Center for the Arts, 7 degrees of relativity, Nyack, NY, 2006
Blauvelt Library, Blauvelt, NY, 2003
TAG Art Gallery, I Love to Draw, I Live to Draw, Nashville, TN, 2005
Hopper House, 12th Annual National Juried, Small Matters of Great Importance, Nyack, NY 2005
Hopper House, 11th Annual National Juried, Small Matters of Great Importance, Nyack, NY 2004
Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY, 2004


Honors


Published “A Doll House Society”  Esopus Magazine, Issue 12, Spring 2009
Arts in Public Places purchased oil paintings for permanent display at the Rockland County Legislature, 2008
Accepted in artist program at Drawing Center, NYC, 2007
Fellowship Woodstock School of Art