For me, creating art is an adventure--an exciting exploration into the unknown. Once inspired by a subject, I extend it into a series, never knowing how the next image will materialize.
As I begin to work, my mind races and I become lost in an energetic progression of ideas. They proliferate to such an extent, I can create as many as 100 paintings about a single subject. Most take no more than a few hours to complete.
Once I've finished a series, I wonder what to create next, but a new idea presents itself quickly. Sometimes I see a particular object that triggers my interest. Other times, childhood memories lead me in a different path...occasionally a dark, unnerving one. A person's face may attract me, or an abstract concept may spring mysteriously from my mind.
Although my primary tools are oil paint, brushes, and canvas, I have also worked with cut paper, charcoal, gouache, and watercolors. All of them provide me with different avenues of expression and opportunities for experiment.
Whatever subject I may choose, and no matter what tools I may use, it is the creative journey that puts meaning in my life and brings me the most fulfillment.
MICHAEL ISKOWITZ - CV Lives and works in Rockland County, NY
Solo shows Serious Play, Union Arts Center, Sparkill, NY - 2019 Esopus Space Gallery / NYC Old Church Cultural Center-Cafe Gallery / Demarest, NJ Suffern Free Library / NY Finkelstein Free Library / Spring Valley, NY Blauvelt Free Library / NY
Group Shows Edward Hopper House / Nyack , NY - "Small Matters of Great Importance" Annual Juried Shows 2004, 2005, 2008-2011 Rockland Center for the Arts / West Nyack, NY - 2006 Frederieke Taylor Gallery / NYC - 2010 Tag Art Gallery / Nashville TN, - 2005 Renaissance Gallery / Orangeburg, NY - 2013 through 2017
Honors Old Church Cultural Center / Demarest, NJ / Two commissions Ridgewood Art Institute / Ridgewood, NJ / Prize winner ''A Doll House Society" - 24 charcoal drawings published in a portfolio insert within the magazine, "Esopus" - Issue No. 12 - 2009. Art In Public Places / Purchase of three paintings for permanent display at Rockland County, NY Legislature - 2008 Accepted in artist program at Drawing Center / NYC - 2008 Fellowship - Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY
EDUCATION Cooper Union School of Art / Associates Degree - 1995 Old Church Cultural Center / Demarest, NJ Arts Students League / NYC Rockland Center for the Arts / West Nyack, NY Robert Glaisek / Nyack, NY - Private Study